PM Modi says he won’t attend Saarc summit
Ramping up its offensive against Pakistan after the terror attack at Uri, India said PM Narendra Modi will not travel to Islamabad for the Saarc summit. This is because of the increasing cross border attacks creating an atmosphere that is not conducive for the summit. Cross border terrorism and interference in the internal affairs of member-states had forced India to rule out participating in the Saarc summit, an official statement said. The announcement means the summit will have to be called off as the regional grouping operates through consensus. The decision came hours after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit told foreign secretary S Jaishankar that his government believed that the killing of the Indian soldiers in Uri was “stage-managed” by India to divert attention and demanded an international probe into it.