The Pakistani Parliamentary Delegation raised the issue of Kashmir during the General Assembly under the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala, Uganda, saying that Indian military forces had seized Kashmir.
This Pakistani propaganda was strongly opposed by Smt. Roopa Ganguly, MP and other Members of Indian Parliamentary Delegation who said that the tradition of military rule is prevalent in Pakistan and that country had been under army rule for 33 years. She added that Military rule was unknown in India.
An Indian Parliamentary Delegation led by the Speaker, Lok Sabha, Shri Om Birla, is currently participating in the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference being held in Kampala, Uganda from 22nd to 29th September, 2019. This delegation comprises of Shri Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, MP (Lok Sabha); Smt. Roopa Ganguly, MP (Rajya Sabha); Dr. L. Hanumanthaiah, MP (Rajya Sabha), Smt. Aparajita Sarangi, MP (Lok Sabha) and Smt. Snehlata Shrivastava, Secretary General, Lok Sabha. The Presiding Officers and Secretaries of State Legislatures, who are members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association, are also participating in the conference.
Pakistan had earlier raised the same issue during the 4th South Asian Speakers’ Summit held in Male, Maldives on 1-2 September 2019 on the subject ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals.’ The Indian delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla had strongly opposed the baseless allegations. As a result, the issues raised by Pakistan were rejected and left out of the Male Declaration.
SPEAKER ATTENDS THE OPENING SESSION AND WORKSHOPS AT 64TH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE
Earlier on 26 September 2019 LOK SABHA SPEAKER ATTENDS THE OPENING SESSION AND WORKSHOPS AT 64TH COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY CONFERENCE DISCCUSSES MATTERS OF MUTUAL INTEREST WITH SPEAKER OF UGANDAN PARLIAMENT MS. REBECCA KADAGA GREETS FORMER PRIME MINISTER DR. MANMOHAN SINGH ON HIS BIRTHDAY Lok Sabha Speaker Shri Om Birla and members of Indian Parliamentary Delegation attended the Opening Session of the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Kampala today. Later in the day, Shri Om Birla held a bilateral meeting with the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Ms. Rebecca Kadaga. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed several matters of mutual interest. Shri Birla observed that India values its warm and traditional relations with Uganda.
He felt that the Parliaments of the two countries can share their experiences and best practices. He mentioned that India has always supported the efforts for Uganda’s national and economic development by way of capacity building, development of human resources and access to Indian Markets. Shri Birla extended an invitation to Ms. Kadaga to visit India with her delegation, which she accepted. Earlier, the Indian Parliamentary Delegation also attended and participated in Workshop A on the topic “Climate Change: Achievements, Challenges and Efficacy of Parliament Interventions today, and Workshop B on “Innovation in Parliament: the impact of science and technology on how Parliament works”. Officially opened by President of Uganda H.E. Mr. Yoweri Museveni, the Conference is being hosted by the CPA Uganda Branch and the Parliament of Uganda. Around 500 Parliamentarians, parliamentary staff and decision makers from across the Commonwealth are attending the Conference. During the day, Shri Birla also greeted former Prime Minister and Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) from Rajasthan Dr. Manmohan Singh on his birthday. In his tweet, Shri Birla prayed for long life and good health of Dr. Singh and gave his best wishes to him for the continued service to the nation.