Pakistan says India can boycott CPC, but won't budge

12 Aug 2015 | By Vijaya

Refusing to budge from its stand on not inviting J&K assembly speaker to the Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC), Pakistan said if India boycotts the conference, it's "their choice."

Pakistan's National Assembly speaker Ayaz Sadiq said, "Pakistan will not invite the speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly to the CPC. The assembly of Kashmir is not legitimate, so we will not accept it."

In context: The Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference

2015What is CPC?

Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) is an annually held conference of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA).

Global political issues and developments in the parliamentary system are analyzed through debates among leading Parliamentarians representing Parliaments and Legislatures throughout the Commonwealth.

The 61st CPC, which is the first-ever CPA conference to be hosted by Pakistan, will be held in Islamabad from 30 September to 8 October 2015.

CPA regions

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association is divided into nine commonwealth regions - Africa; Asia; Australia; British Islands and Mediterranean; Canada; Caribbean, Americas and Atlantic; India; Pacific; and South-East Asia. The CPA Secretariat is based in London.
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12 Aug 2015Pakistan says India can boycott CPC, but won't budge