Finally Pakistan feeling the Heat after Uri Attack
New Delhi: Late evening on 27th Sep New Delhi said its pulling out of SAARC summit in Islamabad, the decision is one of three key moves in India’s global campaign to isolate Pakistan after four terrorists crossed the border into Kashmir and attacked an army base in Uri, killing 18 soldiers.
The 19th SAARC Summit was scheduled to be held in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad from November 9 to 10, 2016.
Along with this three other members – Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan – have also decided to pull out of the meet, isolating host Pakistan.
The SAARC or South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit cannot take place even if one of the eight members withdraws.
Bangladesh has communicated its inability to attend to current SAARC chair Nepal, saying, “The growing interference in the internal affairs of Bangladesh by one country has created an environment which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.” “We are with India on pulling out of SAARC,” Bangladesh information minister said.
Bhutan too in line with its commitment to regional cooperation, but said the recent escalation of terrorism in the region has “seriously compromised the environment for the successful holding” of the SAARC Summit in Islamabad.
“The Royal Government of Bhutan shares the concerns of some of the member countries of SAARC on the deterioration of regional peace and security due to terrorism and joins them in conveying our inability to participate in the SAARC Summit, under the current circumstances,” it said.
Afghanistan also came up with similar reasons for pulling out of the summit.
“Due to increased level of violence and fighting as a result of imposed terrorism on Afghanistan, H.E. the President of Afghanistan Mohammad Ashraf Ghani with his responsibilities as the Commander in Chief will be fully engaged, and will not be able to attend the Summit,” said the statement from Afghanistan.
India has said “cross-border terror attacks” have created an environment that is “not conducive” for the meeting.
The decision is one of three key moves in India’s global campaign to isolate Pakistan after four terrorists crossed the border into Kashmir and attacked an army base in Uri, killing 18 soldiers. Yesterday PM Modi has also reviewed the crucial Indus Waters Treaty, which divides resources from six rivers between India and Pakistan, saying “blood and water can’t flow together.Officials said India will now utilize much more of its share of water, which will eat into the surplus that Pakistan had been availing.
On other side Sartaz Aziz, adviser on foreign affairs to Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif, said if India pulls out of the Indus Water treaty, it will amount to “an act of war” and Islamabad has moved the International Court of Justice.