Following India's step to ban the meet in Islamabad, other countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal also decided to isolate Pakistan by opposing the meet to be held in the country.
Post Uri attack, which claimed the lives of 18 Indian jawans, Indian Government pulled itself out of the SAARC summit, which was scheduled to be held in Islamabad, citing cross border terrorism making circumstances improper for the success of the South Asian countries’ meet in the Islamic nation. Following India’s step to ban the meet in Islamabad, other countries like Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and Nepal also decided to isolate Pakistan by opposing the meet to be held in the country.
As the meet got postponed on Friday, The Indian Express today reported that the Minitry of External Affairs (MEA) played a major role in inflencing the decision of other South Indian countries to come together in barring the meet in Islamabad.
The MEA had plans of cornering Pakistan by isolating it internationally after four heavily armed terrorists attacked the Indian army base near the Line of Control (LoC) at Uri in Kashmir. India blamed Pakistan of having involvement in the millitant strike and claimed that the attack has been carrided out by Pakistan based terror outfit Jaish e Mahammed. Pakistan categorically rejected India’s accusation over the issue and Prime Minister Nawaz Shariff even refused to condemn the attack, citing India’s ignorance towards the on-going unrest in Kshmir valley.
India’s decision to boycott the SAARC summit got triggered after a top Pakistan diplomat claimed the Uri attack to be stage-managed by India and the final decision came after External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj’s speech at the UN General Assembly.
According to Indian Express report, following India’s decison to pull itself out off the summit, other South Asian countries got calls from the Ministry of External Affairs, calling for the boycott of the meet in Islamabad. The calls were made hours before the Indian Army carried out sugical strikes along the LoC in Pakistan, destroying several terrorist launch pads and killing at least 38 terrorists.
Getting Bangladesh on side for boycotting the meet was easy since the country’s relation with Islamabad was bitter in the recent years, relating to war crime trials. But Indian embassies in the foreign nations also influenced other countries like Nepal, Bhutan and most importantly Afghanistan. Sri Lanka’s decision to withdraw itself from the summit came after the surgical strikes by India on the Pakistan soil.
As the SAARC summit got postponed and chances of the summit to be held in Islamabad faded completely, Nepal has expressed its interest to hold the member countries meet.