'Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India,' says PM Khan

Minnie Murray
September 22, 2018

External Affairs Ministers Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi were set to meet on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY next week marking the first thaw in bilateral ties that have steadily deteriorated.

The Indian government's decision to hold talks with Pakistan was strongly criticized by the Congress party and other opposition groups after rebels in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir killed the border guard and later raided over a dozen homes of police officers and abducted three.

The decision comes hours after three Kashmir policemen were allegedly kidnapped and killed in Indian-Administered Kashmir, Indian media reported.

Making an attack on India, he further said that he has seen "small men occupying big offices who lack the vision to see the larger picture". In fact, it is learnt through sources in Pakistan that the 20 stamps showing "glorifying" Kashmiri militants were released by Pakistan Post on July 12 and were discontinued on July 19 which was before Prime Minister Imran Khan took office.

Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj were to meet in NY next week on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly.

Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan has hit out at India in angry tweets, alleging that the decision to call off foreign minister level talks is an "arrogant and negative response" to his offer for dialogue.

India has long accused Pakistan of arming Muslim separatists in the divided Himalayan territory of Kashmir, though both countries claim it in its entirety.

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had on Friday also expressed disappointment at India calling off the meeting.

"The letter from the Prime Minister of Pakistan had spoken of, inter alia, bringing a positive change and mutual desire for peace as also readiness to discuss terrorism".

Kumar said talks with Pakistan after the "two deeply disturbing" developments would be "meaningless". India has maintained that talks and terror do not go hand in hand. "We said that we want dialogue - but in a dignified manner", he had added.

Elections were near in India and anti-Pakistan slogans sell in India, he remarked. He will also hold talks with leaders from various countries including the Trump administration.

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 goal".

India retaliated by carrying out "surgical strikes" in September 2016 across the Line of Control (LoC).

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