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'Not going to respond until they stop terror activities': India declines Pak's invitation to attend SAARC summit

Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan-based terror groups since January 2016.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Published on: November 28, 2018 14:07 IST ]
Speaking to reporters she said,"unless and until Pakistan

Speaking to reporters she said,"unless and until Pakistan stops terror activities in India, there will be no dialogue. So we will not attend the SAARC Summit".

 

 

A day after Pakistan Foreign Ministry said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be invited to Pakistan to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj declined to attend the summit. Speaking to reporters she said,"unless and until Pakistan stops terror activities in India, there will be no dialogue. So we will not attend the SAARC Summit".

Earlier on Tuesday, Pak Foreign Office Spokesperson said that PM Modi will be invited to attend the upcoming SAARC summit.  He said that Prime Minister Khan, in a letter to his Indian counterpart, had expressed Pakistan's openness to resolving all outstanding issues through dialogue with India.

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"We fought a war with India, relations cannot be fixed quickly," Faisal said.

Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived following a spate of terror attacks on Indian military bases by Pakistan-based terror groups since January 2016.

Following the strikes, India announced it will not engage in talks with Pakistan, saying terror and talks cannot go hand-in-hand. 

The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad. But after a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September that year, India expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances". 

The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad meet. Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members of the initiative.

 

 

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