No meeting between foreign ministers in New York, India tells Pakistan

India-Pakistan Foreign Ministers To Meet In New York After Imran Khan Request

India snubs Pak on cross border terror again: Remains evasive on Sushma-Qureshi meet

Within a day after confirming to it, the government on Friday called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in NY saying true face of Pak PM Imran Khan has exposed.

"We want to get out of the past and we have taken a step forward but unfortunately India has taken a step back", he said in Islamabad, the Pakistani capital.

The Modi government, which is facing the Congress-led opposition's charge of double standards on Pakistan, Friday evening called off foreign minister-level talks in NY next week, citing the "brutal killings" of Indian security personnel and the release of 20 postage stamps "glorifying a terrorist".

"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.

"Sad to see India backing off from FM level talks". However, with the two national security advisors keeping in touch, New Delhi had argued that "talks on terror" were acceptable. He also said that the government has betrayed each and every part of Jammu and Kashmir.

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The letter from Khan had spoken of inter-alia bringing a positive change and mutual desire for peace as also readiness to discuss terrorism.

In the letter to Khan, Modi conveyed India's commitment to pursue "meaningful" and "constructive" engagement with Pakistan and emphasising the need to work for a terror-free South Asia.

India had earlier accepted Khan's request for a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY this month.

The meeting in NY between Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan's Shah Mehmood Qureshi was only confirmed on Thursday. Indian media described the slated meeting as the first in almost three years.

To tamp down on any domestic criticism and avoid hype, the Indian side repeatedly claimed that this was only a "meeting".

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Meanwhile, in yet another dastardly act Pakistani troops have slit the throat of a BSF jawan head constable Narendra Kumar along the worldwide border near Jammu.

"I can say this barbaric incident, which not only defies logic, defies civilized behaviour but also violates all global norms", he stated.

Firstly, the alleged killing of BSF soldier took place two days prior to the Indian announcement of its agreement to hold the bilateral meeting. "India was left with no option but to cancel the talks", an official said. Cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu had recently flagged this issue to Swaraj, said the spokesperson.

When Sidhu met with Swaraj, he was allegedly reprimanded for "messing up" the matter, as per sources closed to the minister.

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