Jammu and Kashmir Speaker Gupta expressed his thanks to the state assemblies for deciding to boycott the Islamabad conference. "I want to thank them for the decision, Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. Pakistan is a terrorist country; Australia and Canada have supported our move," he said. Gupta also said that "Pakistan should be declared a terrorist country".
"The boycott is a big message to the world community," he added. Gupta had earlier told "Greater Kashmir" daily: "Pakistan has refused to my participation in the conference saying the Speaker of J&K legislative assembly can't be part of the conference (in Pakistan) as per UN resolutions." Ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup said on Friday an emergency meeting of the president of the union chapter as well as the 31 India Chapters of the CPA India Region was held in which they called on the chairperson of the CPA executive committee to use her good offices to immediately resolve the matter and ensure issue of invitation to the Jammu & Kashmir CPA Branch, failing which the India Chapters will boycott the event. "They have also demanded that Pakistan should forfeit its right to host the Conference and the venue should be shifted to another country." The theme of this year's conference is 'Renewing the commitment to pluralism and inclusive democracy in the Commonwealth'. Parliamentary delegations from more than 175 legislatures of 53 countries of the Commonwealth are scheduled to attend the conference. During their weeklong stay in Islamabad, over 600 parliamentarians will discuss issues pertaining to legislative oversight, parliamentary strengthening, gender development, climate change and other issues of importance to the Commonwealth fraternity.