Irked by UAE's Honour to PM Modi, Pakistan's Senate Chairman Cancels Visit to Gulf Nation
Sanjrani was scheduled to visit the UAE from August 25 to August 28 with a parliamentary delegation on the invitation of the UAE government.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohamed Bin Zayed.
New Delhi: Pakistan Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani has cancelled a scheduled visit to the Gulf nation after UAE honoured Prime Minister Narendra Modi with its highest civilian award the 'Order of Zayed'.
"Under the given circumstances, a visit to the UAE would hurt the sentiments of Kashmiri mothers, sisters and old people. So, the chairman cancelled the visit of a parliamentary delegation, led by him," Pakistan-based Dawn.com quoted a statement issued by the Senate secretariat.
Sanjrani was scheduled to visit the UAE from August 25 to August 28 with a parliamentary delegation on the invitation of the UAE government. His delegation was to hold meetings with the UAE parliamentarians and government officials, Geo TV reported.
He, however, decided to cancel the trip as Pakistan vehemently supports Kashmiri people, the channel said, citing a statement from the Senate Secretariat.
Prime Minister Modi was honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award, on Saturday as a mark of appreciation for his efforts to boost bilateral ties between the two nations.
Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. The UAE in April had announced to confer the country's highest award on Modi.
Tensions between India and Pakistan spiked after India abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir's special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories, evoking strong reactions from Pakistan.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.
(With inputs from PTI)
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