NEW DELHI: Striking another blow to peace efforts of Pakistan and other countries in the region, India on Tuesday has refused to take part in the forthcoming conference of heads of states under auspices of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation in Islamabad.
The refusal was formally announced by Spokesperson of Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup.
Reportedly, External Affairs Minister of India has cited ‘current situation’ for the upcoming absence of Indian delegation in the meeting.
Heads of eight member states of SAARC are to convene sessions in November in Pakistan’s capital and Murree.
“India has conveyed to current SAARC Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attack in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad,” the statement read.
However, the names that possibly will grace the 19th summit with their presence after Indian refusal include Sri Lankan President, Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister of Bhutan, Tshering Tobgay, President of Maldives, Abdulla Yameen and Prime Minister of Nepal, Pushpa Kamal Dahal among others.
India has ramped up its propaganda against Pakistan using all the instruments it possibly can utilize to paint its neighbour bad. The tensions first rose after a freedom fighter was martyred in held Kashmir on July 8 which amplified over a terror attack this month on Brigade Headquarters of Indian army that killed at least 18 and injured roughly 30 personnel.
Indian media have been falsely holding Pakistan responsible ever since despite the fact that there were no investigations done.
Director General Military Operations had established a contact with his Indian counterpart over hotline after the allegations and demanded evidence which has never been produced before Pakistan till date.
Indus Water Treaty
Separately, Attorney General Ashtar Ausaf convened a meeting with representatives of the World Bank in Washington to highlight possible cut to water supply by India after premier Narendra Modi chaired a meeting to review the pact among several high-level meetings to disturb the regional peace efforts by unnecessary confrontation with the neighbour.
The official also introduced the World Bank to Pakistan s reservations over designs of power projects in India.
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