India calls off meeting with Pakistan, MEA says Pak's evil agenda exposed

MEA said the date for the meeting of both the foreign ministers is being finalised by permanent missions of the two countries in New York

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India has been maintaining that terror and talks can not go together. Mutual reservations could have been placed on the table.

Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary thanked the support of Pakistan in highlighting the plight of Kashmiris at global forums. "PM Imran Khan's outstanding peace overture negated in their usual belligerent manner", the President tweeted.

Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday expressed disappointment at India calling off a meeting between him and external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj in NY and alleged that "internal pressure" forced New Delhi to make the "unfortunate" move.

The meet was to take place later this month.

"I must differentiate between meeting and a dialogue", said the Indian official. Following the incident, opposition parties criticised the government and asked it to explain the rationale behind accepting such a meeting when Pakistan-based terror outfits are killing Indian security personnel along the border in J&K.

The decision to agree to Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in NY later this month was in response to the spirit reflected in the letters from the new PM and foreign minister of Pakistan. The entire episode is reminiscent of August 2014 when the Modi government called off a meeting between the foreign secretaries because of then Pakistani high commissioner Abdul Basit's meeting with Hurriyat leaders just ahead of the engagement.

"It is unfortunate that India has not given a positive response".

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However, Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar added that "it's a meeting, not a resumption of dialogue".

To a question on how this decision should be interpreted, MEA spokesperson reiterated, "There is nothing much to read into this meeting at this stage".

Nauert also welcomed the exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Modi government has insisted that Pakistan act against anti-India Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil before it can resume peace talks to resolve long standing differences over the Himalayan region of Kashmir and other disputes.

But after the terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on 18 September that year, India expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances" and stepped up diplomatic pressure on Pakistan. "It is hard to hold the SAARC Summit which is to be hosted by Pakistan".

Pakistan has said that reasons cited by the Indian government for the decision to cancel the Foreign Ministers' meeting, within 24 hours of its public confirmation, are entirely unconvincing. With India's growing tilt towards the USA and Pakistan's closeness with China, the trust deficit between Islamabad and New Delhi is also growing.

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