ISLAMABAD: War of words between India and Pakistan have begun taking the already soured relations to a new low. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan took to twitter to respond to India’s decision of calling off the meeting between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
Calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi a ‘small man’, Imran Khan expressed disappointment and accused India of lack of ‘vision’.
“Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” said Khan.
India had on Friday taken a dramatic U-turn in just 24 hours from deciding to meet to calling off the meeting with Pakistan.
Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Dr. Mohammad Faisal in a late night statement said that the reasons sited by India for the decision to cancel the Foreign ministers’ meeting were ‘unconvincing’.
Rejecting India’s allegations, Dr Faisal said, “Firstly, the alleged killing of BSF soldier took place two days prior to the Indian announcement of its agreement to hold the bilateral meeting. When the allegations of Pakistan’s involvement first appeared, the Pakistan Rangers clearly conveyed to the BSF through official channels that Pakistan had nothing to do with it. Pakistan Rangers also extended help in efforts to locate the soldier’s body. These facts were known to the Indian authorities and a part of the Indian media also reported that Pakistan had refuted its involvement. Yet, this motivated and malicious propaganda continued.”
He also argued that the postal stamps glorifying terrorists were released before Imran Khan took office although the administration supported the move.
Pakistan had been pushing for this meeting so that a momentum could be created for resumption of dialogue and holding of the SAARC Summit.
“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,” he added.