New Delhi, Sep 28, 2016: Amid tensions between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will set to boycott the SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Pakistan, said the government on Wednesday.
The announcement was made by the External Affairs Ministry which said “increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of member states by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad”.
MEA spokesperson Vikas Swarup also tweeted:
Regional cooperation and terror don't go together. India pulls out of SAARC Summit in Islamabad pic.twitter.com/jabKoaBegJ
— Anurag Srivastava (@MEAIndia) September 27, 2016
Meanwhile, a day after India said that it will boycott the Saarc Summit scheduled to be hosted by Islamabad in November, Pakistan is virtually getting isolated in the region with Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan join India in a bid.
This is the first time India will not attend the SAARC summit, Following the September 18 cross-border terror attack on an Indian Army base at Uri in Jammu and Kashmir that left 19 soldiers dead.
Although Pakistan has on Tuesday declared that if India chooses out to revoke the 56-year-old Indus Waters Treaty and that any attempt by New Delhi to block Islamabad’s share of water could be seen as an act of war.