India pulls out of summit as tensions mount
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. –