Khan disappointed by 'arrogant' India after talks cancellation

PM Imran Khan arrives in Saudi Arabia. SCREENGRAB

PM Imran Khan arrives in Saudi Arabia. SCREENGRAB

Mr Khan wrote on his official account: "Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue".

"Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue".

India had on Thursday, September 20, accepted the proposal made by Imran Khan in a letter to Prime Minister Modi that Sushma Swaraj and S.M. Qureshi should meet on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly in NY.

However, Indian government sources said the killing of three J&K policemen on Friday morning was the provocation, which led to the cancellation of talks.

In a statement from its foreign office, Pakistan said Friday it had "nothing to do with" the deaths, accusing India of spreading "motivated and malicious propaganda". "In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in NY". Responding to the congratulatory message, Khan has written: "I endorse your sentiment that the only way forward for our two countries lies in 'constructive engagement.' It was in this spirit that Pakistan's Minister of Law and Information attended the funeral of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi".

The foreign ministry in New Delhi blamed the about-face on recent actions that had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of Khan, who hit back on Twitter Saturday. It also expressed displeasure over Islamabad releasing 20 special stamps featuring dead Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani under the pretext of expressing "solidarity with Kashmir".

Dialogue between India and Pakistan had been suspended in 2015.

Islamabad also raised the point that the postage stamps mentioned in the Indian statement were issued before the July 25 elections, following which Prime Minister Imran Khan assumed office.

The meeting was scheduled to be held on September 27.

"There will be no talks with Pakistan till our soldiers keep getting killed", he said at a press conference here.

Pakistan has previously offered its military expertise to train the Saudi army while Saudi Arabia has invested heavily into Pakistan's economy and infrastructure.

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