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Male (Maldives), 01 September 2019: Hon’ble Deputy Chairman, Rajya Sabha Shri Harivansh, who is in Male (Maldives) as a member of the Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by Hon’ble Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla, while participating in the discussions at the 4th South Asian Speakers’ Summit on ‘Achieving the Sustainable Goals (SDGs)’, responded to the position taken by Mr. Qasim Suri, Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly of Pakistan and delegate of Pakistan Parliamentary Delegation today as per the following Point of Order: ‘Excellency, we strongly object raising internal matters of India in this Forum. We also reject the politicisation of this Forum by raising issues which are extraneous to the theme of this Summit. There is need for Pakistan to end cross-border terrorism and all kinds of State support to the same in the interest of regional peace and stability. Excellency, terrorism is the biggest threat for entire humanity and world today. Therefore, unanimously we should not allow in this august gathering any kind of circulated statement to become a part of the proceedings. Excellency Speaker Mohamed Nasheed, Maldives' Majlis and Excellency Secretary General IPU Mr. Martin repeated a categorical statement that this Forum / Summit is only meant to discuss SDG. Even then this internal issue of another country is being mentioned, by the Deputy Speaker of Pakistan. Kindly allow me again I have Point of Order since human rights issue has been raised by some other delegate of the same country. Excellency, I would like to ask what moral rights this country has to raise issues related to human rights? The world knows how they committed genocide in a part of their own country and that country is now separate entity called Bangladesh. Since they have raised human rights issue of Kashmir, I would like to state facts that Pakistan has occupied our part of Kashmir known as Pakistan Occupied Kashmir. This Pakistan Occupied Kashmir comprises 2 areas, the so-called Azad Jammu & Kashmir (AJK) and Gilgit Baltistan (GB) which Pakistan has illegally occupied through armed action in 1947. Pakistan has kept people of this region guessing on their status. As a constitutional entity, the so-called 'AJK' is unique. It has been given the trappings of a country with a President, a Prime Minister and a Legislature of its own. But the so-called AJK is neither a country nor a province. The Karachi Agreement (April 28, 1949) truncated POJK and brought more than 85% of the land, strategically important for its connectivity with China and control of rivers, under Pakistan's direct control'. From the time of the Karachi Agreement, the so-called AJK President and Prime Minister have enjoyed only titular power, that too at the pleasure of the Ministry of Kashmir Affairs [later on Ministry of Kashmir and Northern Areas (KANA) and then Ministry of Kashmir and GB].



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