No More Talks
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.