In July, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had personally invited CJP Jamali to the conference on national initiative to strengthen arbitration and enforcement.
Chief Justice of Pakistan Anwar Zaheer Jamali has cancelled his visit to India next month, citing “present conditions”, media reports said today. Jamali has refused to attend the global conference slated to be held in India from October 21-23, Radio Pakistan reported.
In July, Indian High Commissioner Gautam Bambawale had personally invited CJP Jamali to the conference on national initiative to strengthen arbitration and enforcement. In a letter to the Indian Supreme Court, Jamali said that in the “present conditions” he could not attend the meeting, the News International reported.
The decision was made due to tense situation between the two countries, the report said. A senior Supreme Court official said that though the Foreign Office recommended that the CJP may attend the conference, Jamali has refused to visit India in light of prevailing circumstances, the Express Tribune reported.
Jamali’s decision comes after heightened tensions between India and Pakistan, particularly after India carried out surgical strikes against terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control. Earlier this week, India officially pulled out of the upcoming South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) conference to be held in Islamabad.