CJP Refuses To Attend Conference In India

Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali refuses to attend international conference in India as tensions escalate.

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    CJP-Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali

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    CJP:Chief Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali on Friday expressed inability to participate in the global conference on ‘National Initiative Toward Strengthening Arbitration’ in India.

    Two months ago Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan Bambawala had visited the chief justice and personally extended the invitation of the conference, sources said. Justice Jamali was the speaker in the third session.

    The chief justice then had sought the advice of Foreign Office, which had recommended that the Chief Justice of pakistan may attend the conference scheduled on 21 to 23 October 2016, but he could review the situation before the actual event.

    In response to the chief justice letter, the FO Director SAARC on September 25 recommended: “The chief justice may accept the invitation to visit New Dehli, adding that if the Kashmir situation deteriorates further then matter be considered two or three weeks before the actual event.”

    However, the chief justice in view of the recent tension between the two South Asian neighbours, particularly the cross-border firing on September 29, refused to participate in the conference. According to the note sent to the Foreign Office yesterday the chief justice said: “Due to the recent developments, it will not be possible for me to visit India. They may be informed accordingly.”

    Tension between India and Pakistan has been simmering since an Indian crackdown on dissent in India-held Kashmir following the killing of Burhan Wani, a young freedom fighter, in July by Indian forces.

    Last week, India initiated a diplomatic drive to isolate Pakistan after blaming it for the September 18 attack on the Uri army camp in India-held Kashmir which killed 18 soldiers, a claim which Pakistan has rejected.

    Later, India pulled out of the Pakistan-hosted 19th South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit scheduled to be held in November. Following suit, several members of SAARC, including Bangladesh and Bhutan, also pulled out of the summit leading to its postponement.

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