Cops killing aftermath: India cancels MEA level meeting with Pakistan

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The minister is accompanied by Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua in the week-long visit to the United Nations' headquarter in NY.

"Pakistan has held a positive outlook towards the situation, while India's attitude has not been so forthcoming".

Citing the killing of the policemen, a foreign ministry spokesperson today said, "The true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office", HT reports. The official sought to distinguish between a meeting and a dialogue, implying that a lot of ground needs to be covered if India is to participate in the Saarc meet that Islamabad will host this year. "This is a meeting and not a dialogue".

In the letter dated September 14, Khan also proposed a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY this month.

Pakistan's foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi blamed Indian politics.

To a question on how this decision should be interpreted, MEA spokesperson reiterated, "There is nothing much to read into this meeting at this stage". "We are engaged in the matter", he said.

It came after Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi calling for a resumption of talks between the nuclear-armed foes. "We await formal response from India".

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Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a formal statement described the comments about Khan as "most unfortunate" and "against all norms of civilized discourse and diplomatic communication".

"EAM will, therefore, raise this issue in her meeting with the Pakistani Foreign Minister on the side-lines of UNGA", said MEA spokesperson.

On the issue of the postage stamps, he said they were issued before the July 25 elections and before Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office. Qureshi said the world wants connectivity and promote regional trade, but India is creating problems. "We need to stop the adventurism and come together".

"There's no reason why we can not make progress on all outstanding issues", Fawad added. We can not turn our cheeks. Following the incident, opposition parties criticised the government and asked it to explain the rationale behind accepting such a meeting when Pakistan-based terror outfits are killing Indian security personnel along the border in J&K. This was followed by a phone call from Modi in which he appeared inclined to engage, by being, "ready to enter into a new era of relations with Pakistan".

He added: "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism".

Khan also used the social media after the controversy over inviting an old cricketer friend Navjot Singh Sidhu for his oath-taking ceremony where Sidhu raised eyebrows by hugging General Bajwa.

The foreign minister responded to the cancellation by saying India had "priorities apart from dialogue".

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