India 'arrogant' for cancelling rare meeting: Pakistan's Khan

Pakistan's Imran Khan hit back at New Delhi after an Indian foreign ministry statement accusing his country of an "evil agenda"  

India's decision to cancel rare talks with Islamabad was disappointing and "arrogant", Imran Khan said Saturday, after New Delhi accused Pakistan's prime minister of harbouring an "evil agenda".

India pulled the plug on a meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart, set for next week on the sidelines of a major UN conference, just one day after saying it would go ahead.

The foreign ministry in New Delhi blamed the about-face on recent actions that had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of Khan, who hit back on Twitter Saturday.

"Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue," he wrote.

"However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture."

New Delhi said it cancelled the talks after the "latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities" and the recent release of a series of Pakistani postage stamps "glorifying a terrorist and terrorism".

India did not specify which killings it was referring to in its statement, but earlier this week, an Indian border guard in the disputed territory of Kashmir was killed and his body mutilated.

Three policemen were then found dead on Friday after being abducted in Indian-administered Kashmir.

The two countries' militaries exchanged barbs Saturday over the killings.

Indian media quoted army chief Bipin Rawat calling for "stern action to avenge the barbarism that terrorists and the Pakistan Army have been carrying out".

In response Pakistan's military spokesman said his country was "ready for war".

"We are a nuclear nation and we are ready for war but in the interest of the people of Pakistan and the neighbours and the region we want to walk the path of peace," Major General Asif Ghafoor told private television channel Dunya News.

"The statement from the Indian army chief is irresponsible," he added.

Pakistan also recently issued postage stamps of Burhan Wani, a charismatic Kashmiri militant commander killed by Indian troops in July 2016, whose death sparked a wave of violent protests in the territory.

India has long accused Pakistan of arming rebel groups in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both.

In a statement from its foreign office, Pakistan said Friday it had "nothing to do with" the deaths, accusing India of spreading "motivated and malicious propaganda".

The meeting in New York between Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan's Shah Mehmood Qureshi -- on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly debate -- was only confirmed on Thursday.

It came after Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi calling for a resumption of talks between the nuclear-armed foes.

High-level talks between India and Pakistan are rare. Indian media said the meeting would have been the first in nearly three years.


More Related News

Urban council polls end in Kashmir amid boycott
Urban council polls end in Kashmir amid boycott
  • World
  • 2018-10-16 11:51:11Z

SRINAGAR, India (AP) - Local council elections have ended in Indian-controlled Kashmir, with most voters staying away in Muslim-dominated areas of the disputed region.

Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan
Delhi braces for pollution with emergency plan

Delhi's biggest coal power plant was set to shut down Monday as a new emergency plan to improve air quality in one of the world's most polluted cities came into force, Indian officials said. Under the new strategy, restrictions on construction sites and traffic will be imposed depending on the air quality in the megacity of some 20 million people. When the air is classed as "poor", as it was on Monday, authorities will ban the burning of garbage in landfills as well as fire crackers and certain construction activities.

Stephen Constantine
Stephen Constantine's pragmatic approach against China bodes well for India's chances in the UAE

On the face of it, India's stalemate against China in the historic friendly at Suzhou on Saturday was a proper 'backs-against-the-walls' job. Stephen Constantine and his men were under the pump for the majority of the 90 minutes at the Suzhou Olympics Sports Centre. It took an impressive showing by India's rearguard, poor finishing from China's strikers and a hint of luck for the visitors to come away with a goalless draw to show for on the night.

Thais dominate in first Pakistan golf tour for decade
Thais dominate in first Pakistan golf tour for decade

Jubilant Thai golfer Tirawat Kaewsiribandit soared to victory Sunday in the first international golf event to be held in Pakistan for over a decade. Mohammad Muneer of Pakistan finished third at 10-under par, with a full field of 132 international players competing, marking an important step for a country which has spent years in the international sporting wilderness. An attack in 2009 on a bus carrying Sri Lanka's national cricket team -- in which eight people were killed -- led to the cancellation of all future sporting events.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: Latin America

Hit "Like"
Don't miss any important news
Thanks, you don't need to show me this anymore.