New Delhi: India on Sunday came down heavily on Pakistan after it raised Kashmir issue during a video conference of SAARC leaders, which was convened by PM Modi to chalk out a joint strategy to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has hit the world. Also Read - Coronavirus Pandemic: Confirmed Cases Climb to 1251, Total Deaths Now at 32 | Top Developments

“Pakistan sent their Health Minister who was uncomfortable in speaking, he was given a slip, it’s a churlish approach. This is humanitarian issue, Pakistan tries to politicise humanitarian issue”, news agency ANI quoted Indian government sources as saying. Also Read - Unity, Alertness of Indians Would Help Safeguard Nation’s Future: PM Modi on COVID-19 Pandemic

India also cited an example of Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli, who participated in the conference, a day after he was discharged from hospital. Also Read - Whole Nation Displaying Immense Resilience While Facing Challenges of COVID-19: PM Modi

“Each leader participated from SAARC except Pakistan PM Imran Khan”,Indian government sources stated lambasting Pakistan. Notably, Pakistan’s Minister of State for Health Zafar Mirza represented the country as Imran Khan gave the conference a miss.

Mirza, in his initial remarks, said no nation can afford to be unresponsive to situation in wake of coronavirus outbreak. “We share common regional concerns on COVID-19. While hoping for best, we have to prepare for worst,” the Pakistan PM’s Special Assistant on Health said.

He had also raised the Kashmir issue saying that all restrictions in the Union Territory should be lifted in view of the coronavirus threat. “It is a matter of concern that COVID-19 has been reported from Jammu and Kashmir and in view of a health emergency, it is imperative that all lockdown in the territory must be lifted immediately”, Mirza asserted.