National Conference chief Farooq Abdullah on Saturday slammed Pakistan for not inviting Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker for the CPA meet and dubbed the country`s gesture as `unfortunate`.
“It is extremely unfortunate that Pakistan has not invited the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly speaker for the CPA meet. It is good that the government has decided to boycott the meeting if the state speaker is not invite,” said Abdullah.
On Friday, Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced that India has decided to boycott the Commonwealth Speakers` conference to be held in Islamabad in protest against Pakistan`s decision not to invite the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly.
Pakistan invited representatives of all the Indian states to the conference starting September 30 but no such invitation was sent to Jammu and Kashmir Speaker Kavinder Gupta.
This controversy has come around the time of the twin terror attacks in Gurdaspur and Udhampur for which Pakistan has been blamed.
On Thursday, Home Minister Rajnath Singh condemned the Udhampur terror attack and accused Pakistan of trying to threaten the peace in Jammu and Kashmir.