Three Indian MPs attend regional conference in Pakistan

Published: March 15, 2017
The Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting held in Islamabad on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly meeting held in Islamabad on Tuesday. PHOTO: PID

Amid souring ties, a three-member Indian delegation of MPs attended a regional conference hosted by Pakistan, The Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

The Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA) conference held in Murree was attended by Shashi Tharoor, Meenakshi Lekhi and Swapan Dasgupta.

The Indian lawmakers’ visit came at a time when bilateral contacts and exchange of visits have stalled after the Uri terror attack and India boycotted the SAARC Summit hosted by Pakistan.

The conference, attended by 23 Asian countries and scheduled to conclude on March 17, is being held to discuss closer cooperation and creation of Asian parliament on the pattern of European Union.

Addressing the participants, Chairman Senate Mian Raza Rabbani said Asia must decide its own destiny and white racism and western imperialism were not going to solve its problems.

“We represent the people who are suffering, under nourished, are the object of poverty and victim of terrorism. If we were unable to find indigenous solution for the problems of our own people history will not forgive us,” Rabbani remarked.

He said Asia was a land of natural resources, which were being exploited by western imperialism. “Asia still continues to suffer through neo-colonialism,” he added.

Pointing out the changing world after US presidential elections and Brexit, he hoped the meeting would produce good results.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • BrainBro
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:12AM

    Pakistanis should really take advantage of Shashi Tharoor’s wisdom. This guy is a true son of the soil. Watch his youtube videos, and you would know what I’m talking about.Recommend

  • Khan
    Mar 15, 2017 - 8:45AM

    Send them back.Recommend

  • Dr. Ashraf KHAN
    Mar 15, 2017 - 10:56AM

    Yes, I agree Shashi Tharoor knows about power of Asia, as a former Assistant Secretary General of UN he know international politics. He is a new bread of Indian politician we could work with Recommend

  • LetsgetReal
    Mar 15, 2017 - 3:16PM

    I always have rooted for solving our problems by our ownselves bcz otherwise we will be sending the world message that we are stupid weak people who always need foreign help n brain.

    Look at indo-pak armies taking pride in producing indigenous weapons and technology hence our political leadership should follow this road as well and nothing beats this.

    Hope this time Asia decides to do itself a favour and believe in itself.Recommend

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