Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday targeted Indian government for cancelling the scheduled meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries – which was set to be held on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA).
Khan took to Twitter and expressed his “disappointment” over the development and referred to India’s decision as “arrogant and negative”.
He also launched an indirect attack on PM Modi and said that he has “come across small men occupying big offices” all his life.
“Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” Khan tweeted.
‘Evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed’
- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj was scheduled to meet her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York after Imran Khan – in a letter to PM Modi – sought bilateral talks between the neighbouring nations.
- In a dramatic U-turn, India on Friday decided to call off the meeting in just 24 hours after accepting Pakistan’s invitation of talks.
- India cited brutal killings of three policemen in Jammu & Kashmir and the release of stamps glorifying slain militant Burhan Wani as the reason behind the cancellation of meeting.
- Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesman Raveesh Kumar said any dialogue with Pakistan is inconducive in this environment. “Since yesterday’s announcement of meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, two disturbing developments have occurred. The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the release of 20 postal stamps by Pakistan glorifying terrorists,” said Kumar.
- “It’s obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Pakistan Prime Minister has been revealed to the world and that too in first few months itself,” he added.
- In response, Pakistan said the reasons given by India to cancel the meeting were unsatisfactory.