Pakistan Senate chairman rejects India’s invitation to visit New Delhi


ISLAMABAD – Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Thursday turned down an invitation extended by India to the centennial celebrations of the Lok Sabha and Public Accounts Committee in New Delhi.

Sanjrani is not traveling to India in protest of New Delhi’s move to revoke the special status of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019 by abolishing Article 370.

Last month, India’s Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla had sent the invitation to the Senate chairman.

The 100th celebrations of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Lok Sabha will be held on December 4. The invitation letter sent by the Indian speaker had said President Ram Noth Govind will inaugurate the ceremony, while Prime Minister Modi would also deliver a speech.

Earlier this month, National Security Advisor Moeed Yusuf had rejected India’s invitation to a meeting of the national security advisers of regional countries on Afghanistan.

“I will not visit New Delhi on India’s invitation,” Yusuf had said, during a media talk after attending a ceremony during which Pakistan and Uzbekistan signed a protocol on the establishment of a joint security commission to enhance bilateral cooperation in security-related matters.

He had said that a spoiler [India] could not be a pacemaker.

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