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No blockade of cargo vehicles to Nepal: Vikas Swarup


New Delhi:  India on Thursday reiterated that it was not imposing any blockade on commercial vehicles carrying cargo to Nepal in the wake of rising political tensions in the Himalayan nation after the adoption of the new constitution.

“Let me once again categorically state that there is no blockade by India,” external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup said in a media briefing.

“A number of cargo commercial vehicles are moving daily to Nepal. On October 30, 748 vehicles moved, 627 on October 31, 473 on November 1, 308 on November 2, and 271 on November 3,” he said.

Nepal’s new constitution has evoked strong resentment from the southern Nepali Terai region where the Madhesi political parties as also the indigenous groups have launched a violent protest alleging that their interests have been again ignored.

Hours after a youth from Bihar was killed in firing by Nepal police during protests in Birgunj city close to the Indian border on Monday, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli, at a public function in Kathmandu, accused India of “propping up” the Madhes-based political parties to impose blockades at major customs points along the 1,751-km open border between the two neighbors.

On Thursday, Swarup said that as of Wednesday afternoon, the number of vehicles awaiting at six out of 10 trading points capable of handling commercial cargo was 6,906.

“Out of these, 4,800 were at Raxaul (in Bihar) alone and 1,500 at Sonauli (in Uttar Pradesh),” he said.

“So you can see, we are making every effort to send as much supplies as possible to Nepal. But the problem is that the main trading point which handles 70-80 percent of commercial traffic between India and Nepal, Raxaul-Birgunj, continues to remain blocked.”

To a question as to whether India was doing anything to allay the resentment and fears among the people of Kathmandu valley over the stoppage of supplies, Swarup said the problem in Nepal was a political problem.

“It has to have a political solution. That is what we have been urging Nepal consistently from day one and that is what we will continue to urge Nepal. That there is a particular problem in Nepal caused by disaffection among a section of the Nepali population,” the spokesperson said.

“The sooner the Nepali leadership reaches out to that particular section and reaches some kind of an accommodation the sooner our supplies will resume which has been caused entirely by the blockade existing on the Nepalese side of the border.”


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Nepal, Pakistan agree to revitalise Saarc process

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for "greater peace, security and prosperity in the region"

  • Nepal and Pakistan agreed to revitalise Saarc
  • This is done to promote greater peace and security
  • It will be apparently beneficial for both the nations

Nepal and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed to revitalise the Saarc process for “greater peace, security and prosperity in the region” during talks that visiting Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi held with the Himalayan nation’s leadership.

Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons
Nepal and Pakistan to revitalise SAARC process. Wikimedia Commons

Abbasi on Tuesday met Nepal President Bidya Devi Bhandari and addressed a programme at the Saarc Secretariat here. He also held a meeting with CPN (Maoist Centre) Chairman Pushpa Kamal Dahal “Prachanda” in the morning.

Bhandari and Abbasi hoped to reinvigorate the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) as an important regional organisation. The Pakistani leader said that “issues of the countries in the region should not affect the activities of Saarc and its performance”.

He emphasised the need to make Saarc “more effective” in the days ahead. Both sides agreed to enhance cooperation in all areas of mutual importance, including political, economic, defence and cultural fields.

On Monday evening, Abbasi met his Nepali counterpart K.P. Sharma Oli and both decided to revitalise the stalled Saarc process.

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The Pakistani leader sought to host the 19th Saarc Summit of the regional grouping and asked Nepal to create a “favourable environment” for the same. The summit has been postponed since 2016 after a military attack on an Indian Army base in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir.

After the attack, India unilaterally suspended its participation from the summit. Several member states rallied behind India’s position.

Nepal is the current chair of the regional grouping. Oli’s chief political advisor Bishnu Rimal said “both leaders held a common view on taking the Saarc forum ahead as it was a common platform for all member countries and still significant”.

The step is taken to improve relationships between the two countries.

Addressing a function at the Saarc Secretariat in Kathmandu, Abbasi said peace, security and mutual friendship were essential for the prosperity of South Asia.

“Pakistan has undivided belief in the Saarc objectives, ideologies and principles,” he said, adding that Islamabad was fully committed to the Saarc charter.

Abbasi also announced doubling the scholarships provided to Nepal by the Pakistan government and proposed to set up a joint parliamentary panel between Kathmandu and Islamabad. IANS

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