Pakistan: State assembly mulls inviting Indian author Arundhati Roy to talk on Kashmir issue

New Delhi, Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Sep 03, 2016, 10:09 AM IST
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Roy was charged with sedition in 2010 after she said Kashmir was not an integral part of India. Photograph:(AFP)
Sheikh Allauddin of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) has suggested to the Punjab Assembly that they invite Indian novelist and rights activist Arundhati Roy to talk on the Kashmir issue, the Dawn newspaper has reported.

Sheikh’s suggestion was welcomed by labour and human resources minister Raja Ashfaq Sarwar, after which PML member Ramesh Singh Arora raised the issue of Indian defence minister Manohar Parrikar’s statement on Pakistan. Parrikar had said "going to Pakistan was like going to hell". 

Arora demanded the foreign office summon the Indian ambassador and record a protest.

He added that New Delhi was committing atrocities against the Kashmiris, and accusing Islamabad of fomenting violence in the region. He said the propaganda against Pakistan must be checked, the Dawn reported. 

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently announced the appointment of 22 special envoys who would be dispatched to various capitals around the world to "raise the Kashmir issue". 

Roy, who has been vocal about the issue, as she has about most others that she has touched upon, has got into trouble over Kashmir earlier. In 2010, she was charged with sedition after she said the region was not an integral part of India. 

(WION with inputs from agencies)