In­dia pulls out of sum­mit as ten­sions mount

The Myanmar Times - - World -

IN­DIA has pulled out of a key re­gional sum­mit in Pak­istan cit­ing an in­crease in cross-bor­der ter­ror­ist at­tacks, as ten­sion be­tween the nu­clear-armed neigh­bours es­ca­lates.

The In­dian gov­ern­ment has ac­cused Pak­istan-based mil­i­tants of launch­ing a deadly as­sault on an army base in Kash­mir this month that killed 18 soldiers.

Re­gional su­per­power In­dia has con­veyed its de­ci­sion not to take part in the South Asian As­so­ci­a­tion for Re­gional Co­op­er­a­tion (SAARC) sum­mit to cur­rent SAARC chair Nepal.

“In­creased cross-bor­der ter­ror­ist at­tacks in the re­gion have cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment that is not con­ducive to the suc­cess­ful hold­ing of the 19th SAARC Sum­mit,” the for­eign min­istry said in a state­ment.

“In the pre­vail­ing cir­cum­stances, the gov­ern­ment of In­dia is un­able to par­tic­i­pate in the pro­posed sum­mit in Is­lam­abad.”

The SAARC sum­mit, which brings to­gether eight mem­ber states in the re­gion, is sched­uled to be held in Is­lam­abad on Novem­ber 9 and 10.

Kash­mir has been split be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan since the end of Bri­tish rule in 1947. Both claim the dis­puted Hi­malayan ter­ri­tory in its en­tirety and have fought two wars over it. –

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