We Did It: Congress On Cancellation Of India-Pak Talks


"The latest killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postal stamps by Pakistan glorifying militants", Times of India quoted MEA spokesperson as saying.

India announced on Thursday that it has accepted Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers, even as New Delhi insisted that that the encounter should not interpreted as the start of a dialogue process.

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

The last time India and Pakistan came face-to-face was during the annual meeting of SAARC foreign ministers in NY previous year on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.

Announcing the cancellation of the NY meeting, external affairs ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in New Delhi that the incidents "exposed" the "true face" of Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the world as well as Islamabad's evil agenda behind the proposal for talks.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a meeting with Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan assured that Pakistan would continue to extend its moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir in their struggle for right to self-determination. However, the ministry had said this would be is "just a meeting" and did not imply a resumption of dialogue between the two countries. Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless. The Permanent Missions of both India and Pakistan will together work out the details.

India's foreign ministry, however, said the NY meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi did not represent a shift in New Delhi's relations with Islamabad.

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India's bilateral trade with Pakistan is minuscule as a share of India's total trade.

Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had confirmed that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi in NY at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in the last week of September.

He said that it was important to sit and talk for the sake of peace and stability in the region.

India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, which is gearing up for elections early next year, has long advocated a tough stance towards Pakistan.

When the government of India talks about policy on Pakistan, it sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction.

Pakistan denies aiding and abetting attacks in India including in Kashmir and says it is fighting militant groups for its own security.

"Prospects for India-Pakistan ties are not particularly good".