Islamabad (Pakistan): Expressing regret after India called off the talks with Pakistan over the killing of three soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi accused India of finding an excuse to reject the proposal. He further said that Pakistan was of the view that both the countries will benefit if they sit and solve the issues. Also Read - After India, Tablighi Jamaat Causes Surge in COVID-19 Cases in Pakistan Too

“I regret the way India 1st accepted our goodwill gesture and then rejected it. We were of the view that everyone will be benefitted if we sit together and solve our issues. They first agreed but later had to find excuses to reject our proposal. In the month of September, they named an action taken in the month of July as the reason, which was inappropriate,” he said. Also Read - Imran Khan Says Pakistan Analysing COVID-19 Data of India, Bangladesh

Qureshi’s comments have come a day after India on Friday, cancelled the meeting between Sushma Swaraj and SM Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month, 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. Also Read - Pakistan Claims it Shot Down Small Indian Surveillance Drone

Announcing the cancellation of the New York meeting on the sidelines of UNGA, External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the incidents “exposed” the “true face” of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the world as well as Islamabad’s evil agenda behind the proposal for talks.

“The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways,” Kumar said. He noted that two “deeply disturbing” events have taken place since yesterday’s announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister had on Friday termed India’s decision as “unfortunate” saying 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.

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister, 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.