Before finalising the declaration, Speakers attending the Summit held a round table on Monday on the concluding day of the Summit to discuss the outcome.
"All efforts of the Pakistan delegation to get even a passing reference to Kashmir issue finding a mention in the declaration drew a nought. The summit unanimously felt that Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter of India," a source said.
Besides Kashmir, Pakistan sides references to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) also could not find a place in Male Declaration, sources said.
On the other hand, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who is heading the Indian delegation, proposed several additions and amendments to the draft which were unanimously accepted, they said.
Pakistan National Assembly's Deputy Speaker Qasim Suri tried to raise the Kashmir issue during the discussion on Sustainable Development Goals on Sunday.
Thereafter, India immediately raised a point of order after which the presiding officer asked Suri to let the Indian representative, Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh, to speak, but he did not pay any heed, leading to commotion.
In a strong response, Harivansh hit out at Pakistan for raising India's internal issue and politicisation of the forum. Sources said India's position on food safety, nutrition and jobs was prominently reflected in the Male Declaration. On the sidelines of the Summit, Birla held bilateral talks with his Bhutanese counterpart Wangchuk Namgyel.
The Indian delegation also held detailed deliberations with the Parliamentary delegations from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Sri Lanka on matters of bilateral interest.
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