India calls off talks with Pakistan in New York

Indian government has called off the meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, which was scheduled in New York on the sidelines of the United Nation’s General Assembly next week.

India confirmed its willingness for this meeting only yesterday, responding to the proposal conveyed by Pakistan prime minister Irman Khan in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, only September 14. However, the government went back from its decision with in 24 hours.

Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed that India has decided not to go forward on the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi. The MEA has accepted the invitation yesterday and explicitly mentioned that this was not a “dialogue” but just a “meeting” that India accepted at the behast of the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan.

“The true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed,” said  Raveesh Kumar citing the recent killing of Indian security personnel and the release of postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani. “Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless … Consequently, there would be no meeting between the foreign ministers any longer,” he added.

But it is obvious, Kumar said, that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, there was an evil agenda. It is good that the Pakistan PM’s “real face” has been revealed in the first few months in office.

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