India’s ‘belligerence’ and refusal to talk

September 28, 2016 9:46 PM

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India’s ‘belligerence’ and refusal to talk

Through an announcement on Twitter by the official spokesperson of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, India has pulled out of the official South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit planned to be held in Islamabad in November 2016. In an open reference to Pakistan, the Indian statement alleged Pakistan’s role in cross-border terrorism, and its supposed “interference in the internal affairs of Member States” as the reason behind its decision.

This latest move on the part of India is a continuation in a series of characteristic knee jerk reactions of India that preclude any possibility of meaningful dialogue to resolve tensions between the two countries. While the option of a military encounter has been forestalled for now given the loss ...

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