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"The reasons cited by the Indian side for the decision to cancel the Foreign Ministers' meeting, within 24 hours of its public confirmation, are entirely unconvincing", read an official statement.

"Our attitude is positive but India failed to get out of politics", he continued.

Pakistan and India have an "undeniably challenging relationship", he said, while responding to Modi's letter to him on August 18.

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday said he was "deeply saddened" by how New Delhi first accepted and later backtracked from a meeting between Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj.

The meeting of the foreign ministers would also be taking place after Indian defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman had stated that Indian army, just like their Pakistani counterparts, was also quietly "cutting off" heads of Pakistani soldiers.

"It was an opportunity [for progress in bilateral ties], which I think India's domestic circumstances did not allow to materialise", the foreign minister said.

"The latest brutal killings of our security personnel, and Pakistan glorifying terrorism shows that our neighbor will not mend its way", spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.

The Modi government has insisted that Pakistan act against anti-India Islamist militant groups that operate from its soil before it can resume peace talks to resolve long standing differences over the Himalayan region of Kashmir and other disputes.


Pakistan has issued postage stamps in memory of Burhan Wani, a Hizbul Mujahideen leader who was shot dead by Indian security forces in July 2016, sparking widespread street protests.

It added that the recent actions had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of the country's new Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Qureshi said the Indian government had to "look for reasons" to justify cancelling the meeting after initially agreeing to it, adding that New Delhi had used the issue of stamps of Kashmiri freedom fighters as an "excuse".

It could never take off though because of the Pathankot attack and now, after the developments on Friday, it is unlikely that the two countries will have any "constructive" engagement before polls in India.

"It seems that India is already preparing for its elections due in the country next year", Qureshi was quoted as saying by The Express Tribune.

He went on to say that if India doesn't want dialogue, then Pakistan also won't be in a haste either.

Qureshi told Pakistan's ARY TV channel that he was "surprised and disappointed". Following the incident, opposition parties criticised the government and asked it to explain the rationale behind accepting such a meeting when Pakistan-based terror outfits are killing Indian security personnel along the border in J&K.


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