India stopped Sartaj Aziz from meeting Kashmiri terrorists and spewing propaganda in Amritsar ‘Heart of Asia’ conference

'Heart of Asia' conference

Amritsar: Learning from its bitter experience from earlier visits of Pakistan leaders, the Indian government on Sunday did not allow Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to hold a scheduled press conference on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference, citing “security reasons”. Pakistani newspaper dawn reported the ‘disappointment’.


Sartaz Aziz reached India more than 12 hours early to talk to Kashmiri terrorist leaders, in sheer violation of diplomatic norms.  The adviser was also barred from leaving the hotel premises and the media persons and Kashmiri terrorist representatives  were not allowed to meet him in the hotel.

Furthermore, the Indian authorities stopped Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit to enter the Media Centre set up at the conference venue.

Arguments took place between High Commissioner Basit and security officials on his interaction with the Pakistani media persons.


Later in the day, after returning from Amritsar, Aziz addressed a press conference in Islamabad and showed his frustration, “Pakistan does not need to be pressurised in terms of counter-terrorism efforts.”

“We have done more in terms of counter-terrorism efforts in the last three years than any other country in the world.”

Unbelievably, Aziz said that Pakistan is now sharing our experiences of counter terrorism with the rest of the world.

Though India did not invite Pakistan explicitly, Pakistan attended the conference to keep tab on the progress pace to revive Afghanistan economy and civic infrastructure.

:content from Pakistan news sources