India and Pakistan meeting at United Nations to end three-year freeze

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When the government of India talks about policy on Pakistan, it sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction.

"The so-called "disturbing developments" alluded to in the Indian statement predated the Indian agreement to hold the bilateral meeting in New York", Foreign Office spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal had said in the statement.

India has made a decision to drop the idea of the proposed meeting, the first such high-level talk planned in years between the nuclear rivals, to protest about the killing of Indian security personnel and the glorification of a militant and militancy by Pakistan, India's foreign office said in a statement.

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".


It came after Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi calling for a resumption of talks between the nuclear-armed foes.

Qureshi further accused India of "crushing diplomatic protocol" by cancelling the talks scheduled to be held on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in NY. Yesterday, Pakistan's foreign office too expressed disappointment at the cancelletion of talks, saying that the reasons cited by India were "entirely unconvincing".

The meeting was scheduled to take place in NY later this month on the sidelines of UN General Assembly session.

"The decision to agree to Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries in NY later this month was in response to the spirit reflected in the letters from the new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan", Friday's Indian statement said. India has been maintaining that terror and talks can not go together.


FO had also taken exception to the language and tone of the Indian statement, saying: "Most unfortunate is the reference in the Indian MEA statement to the person of the Prime Minister of Pakistan". "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism", he added.

He said that it was important to sit and talk for the sake of peace and stability in the region, but India's refusal "shows that the Indian government is facing internal pressure".

Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Pakistan's ARY TV channel that he was "surprised and disappointed".

The comments came even as India and Pakistan are "reportedly" in discussion through their respective missions for a possible "interaction" between the two foreign ministers since the change of guard in Pakistan.


The army's media wing spokesperson said that the country's desire for peace shouldn't be perceived as its weakness, adding that the Army won't let peace be derailed.

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