Posted by: Rehan Today | January 21, 2010

Parliamentary delegation visit to India cancelled


KARACHI: The government has cancelled a planned parliamentary delegation’s visit to India, National Assembly Speaker Fehmida Mirza told the house.

Fehmida Miza gave no reason for the cancellation about which she said she had been informed by the government, reports DawnNews.

The announcement came immediately after opposition leader Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan announced the withdrawal of a lawmaker of his PML-N party, Ayaz Amir, from the delegation to protest against what he called humiliation of Pakistani cricketers by their exclusion from the Indian Premier League this year.

The opposition leader also said his party would not join any delegation visiting India in the future “until India changes its attitude” and called for a Pakistani ban on any “sports interaction” with India and a “complete ban” on showing Indian films in Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Law and Justice Minister Babar Awan denied the opposition leader’s charge that the government was following former president Pervez Musharraf’s policy of perceived appeasement with India.

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