India rejects Pakistan’s invite for Saarc summit
ISLAMABAD – The government of India has decided against participating in the upcoming moot of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc). The refusal came a day after Pakistan invited Indian Premier Narendra Modi to the conference.
Addressing the newsmen on Wednesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj categorically stated that there was no way PM Modi would travel to Pakistan for the summit.
Whipping up war hysteria, the minister said no dialogue can take place between India and Pakistan till the time the latter puts a curb on ‘terrorist activities emanating from its soil’.
The minister claimed that for many years, the Indian government had been asking for Kartarpur crossing – for which Pakistan’s Premier took a lead and announced building a corridor. The politician continued that the Kartarpur corridor ‘doesn’t mean the bilateral dialogue will start because of this’.
“We are not responding to the invitation by Pakistan positively because unless and until Pakistan stops terror activities in India, there will be no dialogue, so we will not participate in SAARC,” she allege