Published: Sat, September 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

New Delhi cancelled talks with Pakistan because of India`s internal issues: Qureshi

New Delhi cancelled talks with Pakistan because of India`s internal issues: Qureshi

India on Friday called off the meeting between the nuclear-armed neighbours' foreign ministers, planned for the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly this month.

The Indian government's decision to hold talks had been strongly criticised by opposition groups, and external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said events had rendered any discussion with Pakistan meaningless.

Its statement did not specify which killings it was referring to, but earlier this week an Indian border guard in the disputed territory of Kashmir was killed and his body mutilated.

And on Friday three policemen were found dead after being abducted in India-administered Kashmir.

If Swaraj doesn't want to be seen sitting with Qureshi at all because of India's anger over the treatment of its own security personnel at the hands of "Pakistan-based entities" - the government press release doesn't even name the Pakistani army - then she will have to take a call about attending that meeting as well. However, according to media reports in Pakistan, 20 postage stamps on J-K, and "glorifying" Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani were released on July 24.

He had noted that "two deeply disturbing developments have taken place" since the announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in NY later this month.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday hit-out at Narendra Modi government after India called-off dialogue with Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY this month.

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Separately, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat also threatened to take launch action against Pakistan.

He had said that it was important to sit and talk for the sake of peace and stability in the region.

He added: "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism". Yesterday, Pakistan's foreign office too expressed disappointment at the cancelletion of talks, saying that the reasons cited by India were "entirely unconvincing".

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.

The minister had said Pakistan can only wish that India comes to the negotiating table, but "we can neither pressurise anybody nor will accept the same for this objective".

Qureshi told Pakistan's ARY TV channel that he was "surprised and disappointed". "They asked for a meeting and we said yes".

Even though India, on Thursday, had accepted Pakistan's proposal for a meeting, back to back incidents of increased violence in Jammu and Kashmir and killing of security personnel put off India from engaging with a Pakistan government, that continues to push terror and violence from its soil.

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