India cancels talks with Pakistan

Leroy Wright
September 22, 2018

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. Mutual reservations could have been placed on the table.

Relations grew worse in September 2016, when gunmen from another Pakistan-based jihadi group, Lashkar-e-Taiba, attacked an army base in the Kashmir region, killing 18 troops.

India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi during the United Nations General Assembly in NY but "this is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue", the Ministry of External Affairs reiterated on Thursday.

The Indian foreign ministry said the cancellation followed the "latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism".

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

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Official sources said the body of Kumar also bore three bullet wounds and it could be retrieved from a spot ahead of the Indo-Pak fence only after over six hours of search. "Another letter was handed over from Pakistani FM to our external affairs minister, basically reiterating the PM of Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the external affairs minister and the Pakistani FM", the Indian spokesman said. "We will take it up with Pakistan in an appropriate manner", said the external affairs ministry spokesperson.

"Prospects for India-Pakistan ties are not particularly good". Pakistan said its Prime Minister had responded to India in a positive spirit.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he was very disappointed with India's decision to cancel the meeting. The talks at the UNGA would have been the first substantive engagement between the two countries since December 2015 when they announced resumption of dialogue.

Nauert also welcomed the exchange of messages between Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. "Under the shadow of cross-border terrorism, it is hard to hold the summit that is to be hosted by Pakistan". The PTI government has stressed that India and Pakistan need a continued and uninterrupted dialogue, which is the only way forward. "We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome".

Earlier on Thursday, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had confirmed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be meeting her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in NY.

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