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Monday 6 July 2020

India calls off talks with Pakistan in New York

since yesterday's announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York later this month

New Delhi: Within 24 hours of announcing that the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers would meet next week in the US, the government today called off the talks, accusing Pakistan and its prime minister Imran Khan of “evil designs” after three policemen were kidnapped and killed by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir.

India is also furious over the release of 20 special stamps by Islamabad on the guise of solidarity with Kashmir, which glorifies Burhan Wani, the Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist killed by security forces in 2016.

“The true face of Imran Khan has been exposed in his first few months in office,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, adding that talks under the circumstances were “meaningless”.

“The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways,” Kumar said.

He noted that “two deeply disturbing developments have taken place” since yesterday’s announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York later this month.

“In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York,” he said.

The cancellation comes hours after terrorists in Kashmir kidnapped and killed three unarmed policemen in south Kashmir.

“There would be no meeting between the foreign ministers any longer,” foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Friday evening.

The spokesperson said the decision to agree to Pakistan’s proposal for a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in New York later this month was in response to “the spirit reflected in the letters from the new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan,” but “it is 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 Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office”.

Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless, Kumar said.

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