Pakistan PM Imran Khan 'disappointed' by India's 'arrogant' response
Islamabad - India cancelled a rare meeting scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UNGA.
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed 'disappointment' at India's response calling it 'arrogant and negative' after New Delhi called off talks between the foreign ministers of the two countries, blaming Islamabad for glorifying terrorism.
India cancelled the rare meeting between its foreign minister and her Pakistani counterpart scheduled to have taken place on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly, only a day after announcing it would take place.
'Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.'India's Ministry of External Affairs blamed the "latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism".
It added that the recent actions had revealed Pakistan's "evil agenda" and the "true face" of the country's new Prime Minister.
The statement did not specify which killings it was referring to, but earlier this week an Indian border guard in Jammu region along the Line of Control was killed and his body mutilated.
And on Friday three policemen were found dead after being abducted in Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district. India has long accused Pakistan of arming militant groups in Kashmir.
"The decision to agree to Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the Foreign Ministers of the two countries in New York later this month was in response to the spirit reflected in the letters from the new Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Pakistan," Friday's Indian statement said.
The letter from the Prime Minister of Pakistan had spoken of... bringing a positive change and mutual desire for peace as also readiness to discuss terrorism," it added.
Pakistan's Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Pakistan's ARY TV channel that he was "surprised and disappointed".