Islamabad (Pakistan): Hours after India called off the foreign ministry-level talks with Pakistan over the killing of three soldiers, Pakistan’s Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudry accused Indian policies of being guided by the extremist ideologies. Taking to Twitter, Chaudry said that while Pakistan wants peace, Indian govt is divided on the issue of negotiations. Also Read - Pakistan Violates Ceasefire In Jammu and Kashmir’s Rajouri, 2 Army Jawans Martyred
“It seems that the Indian govt is divided on the issue of negotiations – have never seen such a puerile statement given by any Foreign Office. The world is watching: Pakistan stands for peace while Indian policies are being guided by extremist ideologies,” he said. Also Read - UAE Stops Issuing Fresh Visas to Pakistan, 12 Other Countries Citing Security Concerns
Pakistan Minister’s remarks came after India called off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi which was scheduled to take place on the sidelines of upcoming United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York later this month. Also Read - Pakistan PM Rules Out Closing Down Businesses Amid Surge in COVID-19 Cases
Soon after the talks were called off, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that India has other priorities than dialogue. He further said that if India doesn’t want dialogue, then “Pakistan also won’t be in a haste either”. He, however, reiterated that dialogue is the only way to come to the resolution of any issue. “Pakistan had asked for the talks in the larger interest of the region” he said.
Qureshi said that India did not take Pakistan’s proposal of a dialogue positively, The Tribune quoted him as saying. He further alerted that there is a group in New Delhi which doesn’t want the talks to take place. “It seems that India is already preparing for its elections due in the country next year,” he said. “Pakistan had asked for the talks in the larger interest of the region,” he said.
Earlier in the day, India on Friday cancelled the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and SM Qureshi citing “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, as well as the release of postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.