PM Modi says he won’t at­tend Saarc sum­mit

Fiji Sun - - World News - Times of In­dia

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.

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