Pak State Assembly Mulls “Honouring” Arundhati Roy For J&K Remarks

Roy had quipped that Kashmir was not an integral part of India, and faced arrest over these remarks in 2010.

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File photo of author Arundhati Roy. (Photo: Reuters)

The Punjab Assembly of Pakistan is finalising plans of inviting noted Indian novelist and activist Arundhati Roy for an address on atrocities in Kashmir by the Indian security forces, reports The Tribune Express.

The idea was floated on Thursday when lawmakers in Pakistan’s Punjab Assembly took the floor to condemn Indian atrocities in the region and to urge the federal government to raise the issue at international forums.

Pakistani leader, Sheikh Alauddin speaking in the house, had proposed to invite Roy to honour her fight for the Kashmiris. The report said that Roy had earlier quipped that Kashmir was not an integral part of India. In 2010, the celebrated author faced arrest over her Kashmir remarks.

The report adds that members added emotional speeches condemning recent remarks by India’s Defence Minister, Manohar Parrikar, while the Pakistan’s Foreign Office was also urged to summon the Indian High Commissioner and lodge a protest.

India has not only committed atrocities against Kashmiris for demanding their right to franchise but is also accusing Islamabad of fomenting violence in Kashmir. The propaganda against Pakistan must be checked
Ramesh Singh Arora, Treasury member

Many lawmakers also took the opportunity to slam Arab nations for their silence over the Kashmir issue.

(With inputs from The Tribune Express.)

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