The upcoming SAARC Summit in Pakistan has been canceled as India and other member countries have boycotted the host nation, TV reports said today.
The upcoming SAARC Summit in Pakistan has been canceled as India and some other member countries have boycotted the host nation, TV reports said today. In the wake of heightened tension with Pakistan over Uri terror attack in which 18 jawans were killed, India had pulled out of the Summit on Tuesday night citing increased “cross-border” attacks.
Today, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also pulled out of the Summit, blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which is not right for the successful holding of the meet, resulting in its collapse. Bangladesh categorically cited “the growing interference” in its internal affairs by one country (Pakistan) has “created an environment which is not conducive to the successful hosting of the SAARC Summit”. Afghanistan cited “terrorism in the region” for its abstention.
All the four countries conveyed their decision to SAARC Chair Nepal. Bhutan said it is committed to the SAARC process and strengthening of regional cooperation, but it is concerned over the “recent escalation of terrorism in the region, which has seriously compromised the environment for the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.”
“Further, the Royal Government of Bhutan shares the concerns of some of the member countries of SAARC on the deterioration of regional peace and security due to terrorism and joins them in conveying our inability to participate in the SAARC Summit, under the current circumstances,” Bhutan said in a statement.
As per the SAARC charter, the Summit can not be held even in the absence of one head of the government.
India is taking a series of steps to punish Pakistan over its failure to stop exporting and breeding terrorism from its territory. Some of the steps include a global isolation of Pakistan, declaring Pakistan a terrorist state, review of Indus Waters Treaty and the MFN status to Pakistan.
(With PTI inputs)