India calls off meeting with Pak at UNGA

India calls off meeting with Pak at UNGA
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New Delhi, Sep 21: India on Friday called off the meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York, citing the “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps glorifying Burhan Wani.
Announcing the decision, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said “the recent developments show that any dialogue with Pakistan is meaningless.”
“Since yesterday’s announcement of meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, two deeply disturbing developments have taken place. The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postal stamps by Pakistan glorifying militants,” the MEA spokesperson said.
The spokesperson further said “It’s obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of new Prime Minister of Pakistan has been revealed to world and that too in the first few months itself.”
India had on Thursday agreed to a meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart after Pakistan’s request.
Earlier today, three policemen were abducted from their homes in south Kashmir’s Shopian district and shot dead by the Hizbul Mujahideen, police said.
India had agreed to talks after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues “challenging the relationship.”
The meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries would have been the first such high-level engagement since suspension of dialogue between the two nations after the Pathankot air base attack in 2016.
India-Pak ties have nose-dived since then in view of a number of militant strikes by Pakistan-based groups, which India retaliated by carrying out ‘surgical strikes’ in September 2016 across the LoC. India has been maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together.
The last meeting between the two foreign ministers was held during Swaraj’s visit to Islamabad in December 2015 to attend the Heart of Asia Summit, where she had met the then Pakistan foreign minister Sartaj Aziz.