India announced on Thursday that it has accepted Pakistan's proposal for a meeting between the Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers, even as New Delhi insisted that that the encounter should not interpreted as the start of a dialogue process.
In fact, India and Pakistan has not had any substantial dialogue since 2012. President Arif Alvi said India had "negated" Prime Minister Imran Khan's "outstanding peace overture.in their usual belligerent manner". "The elections in India are near and it appears that internal politics have influenced the government".
The MEA spokesperson said any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be "meaningless".
Pakistan refused to take the blame and lashed back out at India. "This is just a meeting, too much should not be read into the proposed meeting", Kumar said. "India was left with no option but to cancel the talks", an official said.
A Pakistani Ranger stands near the Pakistani flag and Indian flag (L) during a daily parade at the Pakistan-India joint check post at Wagah border, on the outskirts of Lahore February 26, 2010.
But, Qureshi reiterated that dialogue is the only way to come to the resolution of any issue, the report said. India has maintained that talks and terror do not go hand in hand.
MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar indicated that the meeting is taking place on Pakistan's request and the date for the meeting was being finalised by the permanent missions of the two countries in NY.
"There would be no meeting between the foreign ministers", Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
In the letter to Khan, Modi conveyed India's commitment to pursue "meaningful" and "constructive" engagement with Pakistan and emphasising the need to work for a terror-free South Asia.
Khan's letter to Modi was in response to the one earlier received in which Modi had sent his felicitations on Khan's victory at the hustling and taking the prime minister's office.
To a question pointing out to the incongruity of holding talks when ministers have made belligerent statements, Kumar said that he could not comment on the remarks made by the defence minister.
"We believe by its ill-considered cancellation of the meeting, India has once again wasted a serious opportunity to change the dynamics of the bilateral relationship and put the region on the path of peace and development", he added.
Further speaking about reasons given by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) for the cancellation of India-Pak talks, Pakistan said that the alleged killing of BSF soldier took place two days prior to the Indian announcement of its agreement to hold the bilateral meeting. In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in NY.
This meeting would have been the first high-level meeting between the two neighbours in years.