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

Aaron Brown
September 23, 2018

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

Speaking to the media at the Qatar airport, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, "It is disappointing that India has backtracked from the foreign ministers' meeting". In its clarification, it was cited that the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed.

The foreign ministry in New Delhi said its decision to scrap the meeting was to protest the killing of Indian security personnel in Kashmir and a Pakistani postage stamp it said was "glorifying" an anti-India separatist who Indian forces killed in the disputed Himalayan region past year.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that in such situation the meeting between the two foreign ministers is going to be pointless.

Just a day later, India cancelled the plans, accusing Khan of revealing his "true face" due to the "latest killing" of Indian security personnel and the release of stamps of slain Hizbul Mujahideen leader Burhan Wani.

An informal meeting of SAARC foreign ministers is scheduled to take place in NY, on the sidelines of the UNGA session, around September 26-27.

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The Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) remarks came after Mr. Khan hit out at India for cancelling a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY this month.

It also objected to a postage stamp it said glorified a separatist who was killed by Indian forces in the disputed region previous year.

Pakistan denounced the Indian Foreign Ministry for its comments against Khan, saying they are against "all norms of civilized discourse and diplomatic communication".

And on Friday three policemen were found dead after being abducted in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. Sources in New Delhi said Swaraj would raise the issue of cross-border terrorism.

"Pakistan Army is a professional institution. No Pakistani troop was involved in mutilation of Indian soldier", Ghafoor told a TV channel. "As a common neighbour to Pakistan and India, China firmly supports the two sides to enhance dialogue increase mutual trust, properly handle and solve their differences", Lu said.

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