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Pakistan scraps Commonwealth meeting amid tension with India

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The speaker of Pakistan's National Assembly says Islamabad has cancelled a conference of lawmakers from Commonwealth countries because of a feud with neighboring India over the disputed region of Kashmir.


   Ayaz Sadid said Thursday the conference was called off after India demanded that lawmakers from Indian-held Kashmir be included at the event. The conference had been scheduled to take place in Islamabad on Sept. 30 and 53 countries had confirmed their participation.


   Sadid said Kashmir is a disputed region and Islamabad would not accede to India's demand.


   Pakistan and India have fought two wars over the Himalayan region since gaining independence from Britain in 1947.  Security advisers from Pakistan and India will meet in New Delhi on Sunday to discuss a range of issues aimed at easing tensions.

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