No More Talks

Southasia - - BRIEFINGS -

The bi­lat­eral talks be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan have come to an end as In­dia called off the meet­ing be­tween the for­eign sec­re­taries of the two coun­tries sched­uled to be held in late Au­gust. The decision was taken fol­low­ing a meet­ing be­tween Pak­istani High Com­mis­sioner to In­dia Ab­dul Ba­sit and Hur­riyat lead­ers from Kashmir. Cit­ing it as the rea­son for call­ing off the di­a­logue, In­dia ac­cused Pak­istan of “un­ac­cept­able, in­ter­fer­ence” in its in­ter­nal af­fairs. The Modi gov­ern­ment was fac­ing harsh crit­i­cism, es­pe­cially from the Congress, for al­low­ing Ba­sit to meet the Hur­riyat lead­ers.

How­ever, Pak­istan’s For­eign Of­fice spokesper­son de­fended the meet­ing by claim­ing that it was a long­stand­ing prac­tice that prior to any bi­lat­eral talks, meet­ings with Kash­miri lead­ers were held.

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