Punjab Assembly considers inviting Arundhati Roy to talk on Kashmir

Punjab Assembly considers inviting Arundhati Roy to talk on Kashmir

Lahore: Treasury MPA Sheikh Allauddin has suggested the Punjab Assembly to invite Indian novelist and rights activist Arundhati Roy, who is raising her voice against the atrocities in Kashmir, for briefing the assembly members on the issue, Dawn reported.
The Pakistan-based newspaper reported that the Labour and Human Resource Minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar appreciated the suggestion and drew attention of the house towards its legal and diplomatic aspects.
Sarwar said the Foreign Office might be approached in this respect and the next step should be taken in the light of the FO advice.
The Punjab Assembly had on Thursday again expressed solidarity with the Kashmiris’ struggle for freedom, the report said.
He, as per the statement, said that New Delhi was not only committing atrocities against the Kashmiris for demanding their right to franchise but also accusing Islamabad of fomenting violence in Kashmir.
Dr Farzana Nazeer, Farzana Butt, Waheed Gul and PTI’s Saadia Suhail Rana also criticised India for the Kashmir violence and supported the Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, it said.
Parliamentary secretary Rana Arshad told the house that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had formed a committee of parliamentarians to raise the Kashmir issue at international forums and expose the violent face of Indian government to the world, it said.
Opposition leader Mahmoodur Rasheed condemned the elements in the country that were working against its solidarity, it said.

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