ISLAMBAD: India’s choice to derail the South Asian Affiliation for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit successfully contradicts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name to struggle towards poverty within the area, stated the Overseas Workplace (FO) on Friday.
“India’s determination to abstain from the summit on the idea of unfounded assumptions on the Uri incident is a futile effort to divert consideration of the world from the atrocities perpetrated by India in occupied Kashmir,” stated Nafees Zakaria, spokesperson for the Overseas Workplace.
The FO additionally stated Pakistan attaches nice significance to regional cooperation beneath the Saarc umbrella and it’s dedicated to Saarc aims for selling the welfare of individuals within the South Asian area.
“Pakistan stays dedicated to internet hosting the nineteenth Saarc Summit at Islamabad on the earliest in order that the goals of regional cooperation beneath the Saarc umbrella may be pursued extra vigorously,” added Zakaria.
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New dates for internet hosting the nineteenth Saarc summit might be introduced quickly after session “with the Chair of Saarc”.
“Accordingly, we’ve got conveyed the identical to the Prime Minister of Nepal, the present Chair of Saarc.”
The FO spokesperson said that each one preparations for holding a profitable summit had been made, and the prime minister of Pakistan was wanting ahead to host the delegations.
Earlier this week, India determined to tug out of the upcoming Saarc summit to be held in Islamabad. The announcement got here via the Twitter account of India’s Ministry of Exterior Affairs.
The Indian assertion added that beneath the prevailing circumstances, India is unable to take part within the proposed summit in Islamabad.
Following India’s announcement, Bangladesh stated it was additionally pulling out.
Afghanistan and Bhutan – each shut India allies – additionally adopted go well with. The FO termed India’s angle as adverse.
In line with the eight-member physique’s constitution, the convention is postponed ought to any member state decline to take part.
In one of many worst episodes of cross-border firing alongside the Line of Management, at least two Pakistan Army troopers have been killed as Indian troops opened hearth on the primary line of defence.
India additionally claimed to have carried out a surgical strike by crossing the disputed boundary. The Indian claims have been rubbished by Pakistan Military.
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Later it emerged that an Indian soldier was captured by the Pakistan military, whereas Indian troopers have been additionally killed within the episode of firing throughout the LoC.
An Indian military official based mostly in New Delhi stated, “It’s confirmed one soldier from 37 Rashtriya Rifles with weapons has inadvertently crossed over to the Pakistan aspect of the Line of Management”.
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