Imran Khan calls India 'arrogant' for cancelling New York talks

Saul Bowman
September 23, 2018

In a stern response to Indian army chief's threatening remarks, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry has said on Saturday that India was using hate speech against Pakistan to bail Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi out of the calls for his resignation over a 'French deal'.

Pakistan's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, arrived here in the city Saturday night for a day-long stay before departing for the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session at its NY headquarters.

"The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways".

Criticising the Indian statement, former Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Sharat Sabharwal tweeted: "IFS (Indian Foreign Service) does not draft such election oriented statements or take such hasty flip-flop decisions. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture", he posted on his Twitter account.

Indian sources had justified the attack on Khan in the official statement, claiming that India was convinced that he had personally been behind the entire sequence of events. Indian media said the meeting would have been the first in almost three years.

The spokesperson said the decision to agree to Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the foreign ministers was in response to the spirit reflected in the letters from the new Prime Minister and his Foreign Minister.

On Friday, the MEA spokesman had said the killing of policemen in Jammu and Kashmir had revealed "the real face" of Mr. Khan and of Pakistan's "evil agenda".

Islamabad also pointed out that one of the reasons cited by New Delhi for cancelling the talks - the release of postage stamps on Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani - took place nearly two months ago.

India had, Pakistan's foreign ministry said, "by its ill-considered cancellation of the meeting, has once again wasted a serious opportunity to change the dynamics of the bilateral relationship and put the region on the path of peace and development".

Kumar said talks with Pakistan after the "two deeply disturbing" developments would be "meaningless".

India cancelled a rare meeting scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UNGA.


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

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