India Break-off New York Meeting with Pakistan

On Friday Indian media reported that India called off the meeting of their foreign minister with her Pakistani counterpart, which was scheduled in New York later this month.

According to Speaking to Times of India said in a report, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed the cancellation of meetings between both foreign ministers citing the alleged killing of three policemen and a people of Border Security Force (BSF) in Jammu and Kashmir.

India had announced that Sushma Swaraj, the Indian external affairs minister, will meet Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sideline of the United Nation General Assembly in New York later this month, on Thursday. The meeting was proposed by Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.

Talking to Geo News, a local broadcaster, Qureshi said there was an opportunity to go forward but it was missed.

Qureshi questioned; “If the meeting is not to be considered as part of talks between Islamabad and New Delhi then what is the purpose of it.” He said it seems that New Delhi is facing an “internal pressure” ahead of the elections in the country.

Relations between the two arch-rivals nosedived after India accused Pakistan of having links to gunmen who killed 19 soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2016.

Islamabad has denied the charge and is currently fighting a case in the International Court of Justice against an alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Yadav who has been sentenced to death in Pakistan.

According to several human rights organizations, thousands of people have reportedly been killed in the conflict in the region since 1989.

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