We Did It: Congress On Cancellation Of India-Pak Talks

21 September, 2018, 20:16 | Author: Sheila Harris
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Details of the proposed meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi, including the topics that are to be discussed are being worked out, said a spokesperson for the external affairs ministry.

India has made a decision to drop the idea of the proposed meeting, the first such high-level talk planned in years between the nuclear rivals, to protest about the killing of Indian security personnel and the glorification of a militant and militancy by Pakistan, India's foreign office said in a statement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government on Friday cancelled a meeting between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, which was scheduled to take place in NY.

India accepted the suggestion of Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who had written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the foreign ministers of the two countries could meet in NY to try and break an impasse in ties.

He said just like Pakistan, India also on many occasions signalled for talk.

The cancellation of talks, the first planned high-level meeting between India and Pakistan since 2015, also came hours after three policemen were killed by rebels in Kashmir's Shopian region early on Friday.

Imran wrote in reply to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's communiqué of August 18, which called for resetting ties through "meaningful and constructive dialogue".

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Raveesh Kumar said: "I can confirm that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM and Pakistani foreign minister will take place on the sidelines of the UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time".

He said both the "deeply disturbing" developments took place after yesterday's announcement by India to accept Pakistan's proposal for the meeting.

The overture comes at a time when the Indian side is seething over the brutal murder of BSF Head Constable Narendra Kumar along the International Border.

He said that Prime Minister Khan - in a letter - had responded to Modi in a positive way to resume peace talks.

Pakistan denies aiding and abetting attacks in India and says it is fighting armed groups for its own security.

The BJP, however, maintained that it has been the government's stand that talks and terror can not go together and asserted that the Indian Army will give Pakistan a befitting reply.

He said that the Pakistan army, its spy agency ISI and Kashmir-based separatists backed by them appear to be working to vitiate the atmosphere. We have also conveyed our position to the global community.

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