India to boycott Islamabad SAARC Summit
It will boycott the (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) SAARC Summit which is scheduled to be held in Islamabad in mid-November of 2016, On Tuesday Bharat said. In its 1st concrete step after the Uri terror attack. other countries, particularly Bhutan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan, are unlikely to attend the Summit of the eight member South Asian regional grouping. It blame Pakistan’s sponsoring of cross border terrorist act and interference in affairs of other SAARC member countries for its reason to not attend the Summit.
Vikas Swarup, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said: Bharat remains steadfast in its commitment to regional cooperation, connectivity and contacts however believes that these can only go forward in an atmosphere free of terror. Bharat has conveyed to the present SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Chair Nepal that increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country have created an environment that’s not conducive to the successful holding of the nineteenth SAARC (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) Summit in Islamabad.
Swarup said, “We also understand that another (South Asian Association of Regional Cooperation) SAARC member states have also conveyed their reservation about attending the Islamabad Summit.” Swarup also said, within the prevailing circumstances, the govt of India is unable to participate in the proposed Summit in Islamabad.
Attended by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, Islamabad had hosted the Summit in 1988, and then again in 2004 that Atal Bihari Vajpayee attended. the first instance of Bharat announcing that it’ll not participate in the Summit that was scheduled to be held in mid-November. this can be the third occasion that Islamabad is slated to host a SAARC Summit.
The economic offensive is expected to hurt Pakistani industry that sources material and chemicals from Bharat. Modi is slated to chair a gathering on Thursday to review India’s decision of 1996 to grant Pakistan the ‘Most Favoured Nation’ status. India’s decision comes within the wake of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairing a meeting on Monday to review the 1960 Indus Water treaty.