Saturday July 21, 2018
Home India India pulled ...

India pulled out of SAARC meeting that is to be held in Pakistan

Modi's decision to stay away from the South Asian meet came a day after India's Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told the U.N. General Assembly in New York it is time to identify nations that nurture, peddle and export terrorism

0
//
171
Pakistani Kashmiris carry placards to show their solidarity with Indian Kashmiri Muslims during an anti-Indian protest in Islamabad, Sept. 26, 2016. VOA
Republish
Reprint

Update: 1120 AM IST, Sept 28,2016: After Modi pulled out of SAARC meeting to be held in November in Pakistan, 3 other countries- Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh – have also pulled out, further isolating Pakistan.

New Delhi, September 28, 2016: On Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that he will not be attending the South Asian regional summit to be held in Islamabad in November because of increasing cross-border attacks in the region.

The decision was announced days after Modi said that he will mount a global campaign to diplomatically isolate Pakistan in the wake of a terror attack on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 soldiers.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.

Tensions between the two countries have spiked after India blamed the attack on Pakistan-based militants. Islamabad has denied any role in the assault and said it could be a reaction to the situation in Indian Kashmir, which has been wracked with widespread civilian unrest since July.

Coffins containing bodies of Indian soldiers G. Doloi and Biaswajit Garai, killed in an attack at the Indian army base in Kashmir, arrive at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata, India, Sept. 19, 2016.VOA
Coffins containing bodies of Indian soldiers G. Doloi and Biaswajit Garai, killed in an attack at the Indian army base in Kashmir, arrive at the Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International airport in Kolkata, India, Sept. 19, 2016.VOA

In a statement, the foreign ministry said that “increasing cross-border attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of the member states have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful hosting of the SAARC [South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation] summit.”

Other countries’ concerns

Without elaborating, the statement said that other countries have also conveyed their reservations about attending the South Asian gathering.

They are believed to be Afghanistan and Bangladesh, which also blame Pakistan for supporting terror groups. Neither country has publicly disclosed such reservations.
She said Pakistan believes terrorist attacks will allow it to gain territory it covets in Kashmir. “My firm advice to Pakistan is: Abandon this dream. Let me state unequivocally that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and will always remain so,” Swaraj said.

A demonstrator hits a poster of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a protest organized by India’s main opposition Congress party against Sunday's attack at an Indian army base camp in Kashmir's Uri in Jammu, India, Sept. 21, 2016. VOA
A demonstrator hits a poster of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a protest organized by India’s main opposition Congress party against Sunday’s attack at an Indian army base camp in Kashmir’s Uri in Jammu, India, Sept. 21, 2016. VOA

‘Litany of falsehoods’

In a sharp response to the Indian foreign minister, Pakistan’s envoy to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, called the Indian allegations a “litany of falsehoods” and said Kashmir was an “internationally recognized dispute.”

Lodhi said the attack on the Indian army base had all the hallmarks of an operation designed to divert attention from “India’s atrocities” in Kashmir.

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today.

While New Delhi accuses Pakistan of backing and supporting militant groups that mount terror strikes in India, Islamabad holds India responsible for human rights violations in Kashmir, the Himalayan territory divided between them and claimed by both. About 80 civilians have been killed since July in the largest anti-India protests in recent years.

On Tuesday, India also summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi for the second time in less than a week and presented him with what it said was proof of Pakistan’s involvement in the militant strike on an Indian army base in Kashmir that killed 18 soldiers.
India’s foreign ministry said it gave the Pakistani diplomat details on two “handlers” of the four militants who attacked the army base. Officials say the “handlers,” who are in Indian custody, and one of the militants killed in the attack were from Muzaffarabad in Pakistani Kashmir.

Regional isolation is one among a range of retaliatory measures New Delhi has been weighing against Islamabad.

India summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi on Sept. 27, 2016, and presented him with what it said was proof of Pakistan’s involvement in the militant strike on an Indian army base in Kashmir.VOA
India summoned Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit in New Delhi on Sept. 27, 2016, and presented him with what it said was proof of Pakistan’s involvement in the militant strike on an Indian army base in Kashmir.VOA

Water exploitation

On Thursday, Modi is due to hold a meeting to review the Most Favored Nation status that New Delhi has granted to Pakistan.

Indian officials have suggested they are also exploring ways in which New Delhi can increase the exploitation of water from three Himalayan rivers that flow into Pakistan. India has a right to use roughly 20 percent of the water under a 1960 pact but says it has not done so.

New Delhi says there is no plan to scrap the treaty, but it will see how it can utilize more water allowed under its terms.

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates.

Such a move could further heighten tensions between the two countries. The waters of the three rivers are crucial for Pakistan.

SAARC includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and the Maldives.

Modi’s decision to stay away from the South Asian meet came a day after India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj told the U.N. General Assembly in New York it is time to identify nations that “nurture, peddle and export terrorism.” (VOA)

Click here for reuse options!
Copyright 2016 NewsGram

Next Story

FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

0
Indian cuisine in FIFA World cup
Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

You may like to read more on Indian cuisine: Indian ‘masala’, among other condiments spicing up global food palate.

Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia
FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

Read more about Indian cuisine abroad: Hindoostane Coffee House: London’s First Indian Restaurant.

Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)