India calls off Swaraj-Qureshi meeting, says Imran Khan's 'true face' exposed

MEA said the date for the meeting of both the foreign ministers is being finalised by permanent missions of the two countries in New York

"Other countries have also felt that it is diffuclt to attend the SAARC summit which is to be hosted by Pakistan", he said.

Citing the killing of the policemen, a foreign ministry spokesperson today said, "The true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office", HT reports.

India has long accused Pakistan of arming rebel groups in Kashmir, a Himalayan territory divided between the two countries but claimed in full by both.

Though the Indian side readily accepted the offer, their external affairs ministry also clarified that "this is just a meeting, not talks or resumption of dialogue".

"Now with the back-tracking, it seems New Delhi did not think through its options rigourously". "If we want to slash poverty in the region, then we (Pakistan and India) must practice healthy trade ties", he had said. "So, they should have been prepared for this", Joshi told Al Jazeera.

India stressed the interaction between the officials did not mean peace talks had resumed.

The development comes after three policemen, who were abducted by suspected militants from their homes in Batagund and Kapren villages of Jammu and Kashmir's Shopian district on Thursday night, were found dead on Friday.

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"There are a number of other countries in the region that have accordingly felt that under the shadow of terrorism and cross-border terrorism, it is hard to hold the SAARC Summit which is to be hosted by Pakistan".

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, "Since yesterday's announcement of the meeting of foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, deeply disturbing developments took place".

Indian media has begun criticizing their government for scheduling a meeting between the two foreign ministers of two states for the restoration of dialogue.

MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar addresses media in New Delhi.

But prospects of a rapprochement are low as Modi's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party is gearing for elections by the middle of next year.

The Express Tribune quoted Qureshi as saying that India has not responded positively to Pakistan's invitation for dialogue.

This year, Pakistan had extended the MunaBao (India)-Khokhrapar (Pakistan) rail link agreement with India for another three years - from February 1, 2018 to January 31, 2021. We have a government in Islamabad which has already lost ground to the military.

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