FM says India’s behaviour contrary to SAARC’s objectives


Foreign Minister (FM) Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday participated at South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation’s (SAARC) meeting on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York.

The meeting was attended by the foreign ministers of the member countries.

On this occasion, the FM stated that in order for us to achieve something substantial from this forum, we would have to move forward in a positive direction.

He further said that India’s hostile behaviour is obstructing the progress of the entire region, and is contrary to the very purpose of the association.

When questioned about any possible dialogue with India in the future, the FM ignored the question with a gentle smile.

When a reporter asked the Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj about any good news that can be expected in terms of bilateral relations with Pakistan, she brushed off the question with a laughter and chose not to reply.

The event was marred with coldness between Pakistan and India’s delegation after the latter had accused Pakistan of killing an Indian soldier in held Kashmir and, thereby calling-off the dialogue between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UNGA session despite having accepted the invitation earlier.