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‘India boycotting SAARC summit to divert attention from Kashmir’

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Foreign Office on Wednesday slammed the Indian boycott of the upcoming SAARC summit in Islamabad and termed it a desperate attempt to divert attention form its atrocities in Kashmir, ARY News reported.

A statement issued by Foreign Office spokesman Nafees Zakaria says that India has a track record of impeding the SAARC process, adding that it’s actions show that it is desperate to divert the international community’s attention from the atrocities and blatant human rights violations being committed by its forces in India-Occupied Kashmir.

“Indian atrocities have attracted the world attention, which is manifested in the strong condemnations and calls by the international political and human rights organizations,” reads the FO statement.

The statement reminded India that its negative attitude will have a direct effect on the welfare and betterment of the South Asian region as the major cause of SAARC activities is to uplift the socio-economic conditions of the people of the region.

India pulls out of SAARC summit over ‘crossborder’ terrorism

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On Tuesday India said its Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad in November.

Without naming Pakistan, India’s foreign ministry said “increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country” had created an environment that was not conducive for a meeting.

In its response, Pakistan’s Foreign Office termed the Indian announcement ‘unfortunate’ but denied receiving any official communication about the non-participation.

As for the excuse used by India, the FO reminded the Indian leadership about the arrest of its spies in Pakistan, its financing of terrorism and its interference in Pakistan’s internal matters.

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Following India’s refusal, Bangladesh. Afghanistan and Bhutan also pulled out, putting the  SAARC summit in doubt. No official statement has been issued regarding the postponement of the summit.

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