Pakistan PM Imran Khan 'disappointed' by India's 'arrogant' response

Sushma Swaraj,Pakistan,New York

Within a day after confirming to it, the government on Friday called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in NY saying true face of Pak PM Imran Khan has exposed.

In the letter dated September 14, Khan also proposed a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY this month.

And on Friday 3 policemen were found dead after being abducted in Indian-administered Kashmir.

India's acceptance was based on a request made in a letter dated September 14 from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to his Indian counterpart to reply to the latter's congratulatory missive.

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said that he was very disappointed with India's decision to cancel the meeting.

The meeting between the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India, scheduled to take place in NY, has been cancelled by the Indian government on Friday, Indian media reported.

India's acceptance had also come a day after the killing and slitting of the throat of a BSF jawan in Jammu, for which the security force lodged a protest with Pakistan Rangers, terming the act as "unsoldierly".

This will be first time that a "meeting" will be held between the foreign ministers of the two countries since Sushma Swaraj travelled to Pakistan for the "Heart of Asia" meeting in 2015.

The Ministry of External Affairs said it had been left deeply disturbed by the killings and Pakistan's decision to release 20 postal stamps "glorifying terrorists".

However, Qureshi expressed disappointment at the cancellation of the foreign minister-level talks, saying it was "unfortunate".

It added that the recent actions had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of the country's new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Secondly, the postage stamps mentioned in the Indian statement were issued before the 25 July 2018 elections, as a result of which the Government of Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office.

"It was an opportunity [for progress in bilateral ties], which I think India's domestic circumstances did not allow to materialise", said Qureshi.

It could never take off though because of the Pathankot attack and now, after the developments on Friday, it is unlikely that the two countries will have any "constructive" engagement before polls in India. He said he was "surprised and disappointed".

"Pakistan has held a positive outlook towards the situation, while India's attitude has not been so forthcoming".

He had said Pakistan sincerely wants resolution of all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, with India through negotiations.

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