India, Pakistan call off foreign ministers' meet after Kashmir deaths

India, Pakistan call off foreign ministers' meet after Kashmir deaths

India, Pakistan call off foreign ministers' meet after Kashmir deaths

India cancelled the rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, only a day after announcing it would take place.

The foreign ministry in New Delhi said its decision to scrap the meeting was to protest the killing of Indian security personnel in Kashmir and a Pakistani postage stamp it said was "glorifying" an anti-India separatist who Indian forces killed in the disputed Himalayan region previous year.

Three policemen were then found dead on Friday after being abducted in Indian-administered Kashmir.

"When the allegations of Pakistan's involvement first appeared, the Pakistan Rangers clearly conveyed to BSF through official channels that Pakistan had nothing to do with it. Pakistan Rangers also extended help in efforts to locate the soldier's body", said the FO statement issued on Friday night. In fact, it is learnt through sources in Pakistan that the 20 stamps showing "glorifying" Kashmiri militants were released by Pakistan Post on July 12 and were discontinued on July 19 which was before Prime Minister Imran Khan took office.

Extending support to Indian government's decision to call off foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan in NY on UNGA sidelines, General Rawat said that talks and terrorism can't go hand-in-hand.

Separately, Indian army chief General Bipin Rawat also threatened to take launch action against Pakistan.

Earlier today, news emerged that Pakistan's new Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to PM Modi, seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues "challenging the relationship" including on terrorism and Kashmir.

Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi alleged that there is a group in New Delhi that does not want talks to happen.

The BJP, however, maintained that it has been the government's stand that talks and terror can not go together and asserted that the Indian Army will give Pakistan a befitting reply.

Pakistan's Foreign Ministry, in a statement releaed on Friday, said the government was "deeply disappointed" at the decision and called the reasons cited by India "entirely unconvincing".

Pakistan has always extended an olive branch to India for the resolution of problems and enhancing bilateral ties in an amicable manner, but New Delhi does not come out of its "internal politics", state-run Radio Pakistan had quoted him as saying. The foreign minister will also address Pakistani based in Washington later.

"Time and again we have said atmosphere in the region is not conducive for a summit".

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