India rejects Pakistan’s invite to SAARC summit, calls it ‘posturing’!


Pakistan has once again faced major embarrassment after India snubbed Pakistan’s SAARC invitation. The SAARC summit which is scheduled to be held in Islamabad has been rejected by India yet again

In 2016, most countries which were part of SAARC boycotted the summit following the Uri attack on Indian soldiers in which 19 army jawans lost their life. India declared that it would not participate in the 19th SAARC summit which propped Bangladesh and Afghanistan to follow India Later other countries like Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Maldives also expressed their solidarity with India. The SAARC summit therefore got postponed and now it is being held again in Pakistan.

But India is most likely to continue with their stand against Pakistan. PM Modi may skip the SAARC summit giving a strong message that India would not budge until Pakistan stops terror activities on its soil. According to External Affairs Ministry, Pakistan had extended invitation to SAARC summit, however Sushma Swaraj reiterated that terror and talks cannot go hand in hand. “For many years the Indian Government has been asking for this (Kartarpur) corridor, only now Pakistan responded positively. It doesn’t mean the bilateral dialogue will start because of this, terror and talks can’t go together,” the Minister said. Pakistan which is constantly encouraging terror activities has been isolated by all Asian countries and especially India.

The sources also confirmed that amid Indian ministers travelling to attend the Kartarpur corridor ceremony in Pakistan, the situation between India and Pakistan will not change unless Pakistan snubs terrorists. The Pakistan Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal on Tuesday said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to the country for the SAARC summit and recalled that PM Imran Khan in is first address had said that if India took one step forward, Pakistan would take two.

Pakistan is said to have made a statement saying, “India is not a special invitee that Pakistan has the discretion to invite us. India is integral to the Saarc process,” a senior government official said. “The date for a Saarc summit is finalised with the consent of all members. And that has not happened,” the official added.

Pakistan, sources said, probably wanted to garner some PR points in the presence of a large Indian media contingent which has travelled for the Kartarpur corridor’s inauguration to paint India as the obstinate one holding up regional cooperation. However, sources in Delhi said Bangladesh, which is going to the polls, or Sri Lanka, which is embroiled in a political crisis, are hardly likely to agree to a Saarc summit just now. Another member country Afghanistan, was equally unlikely to agree to one. Economic Times

Somehow seems like Pakistan has utterly failed to convince any country for the SAARC meet and the contry is losing its importance in the global platform.

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