NEW YORK: A proposed SAARC conference was canceled after Pakistan’s objections that the annual gathering in New York would be “inappropriate” due to India’s ongoing atrocities in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) as well as the question of legal representation of Afghanistan, according to diplomatic sources here.
At Indian’s request, Nepal reportedly put forward the meeting of the SAARC Council of Foreign Ministers, scheduled for 25 September.
Created in 1985 and includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation).
In view of the position taken by Pakistan, to which Sri Lanka agreed, Nepal was obliged, despite India’s urging to hold the meeting, to cancel it.
But Indian media also tried to convey the idea that Pakistan insisted on representing the Taliban administration at the conference.
“The slanted tweets emanating from Indian media certainly represent an effort to cover the embarrassment of India as a result of its struggle against Pakistan.”