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Pak accuses India of 'scuttling' SAARC summit

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

today accused of "scuttling" the process to reconvene the SAARC summit in and "holding hostage" the development and economic progress of the whole region.

has said that it was difficult to proceed with the (SAARC) initiative under current circumstances, citing Pakistan's continuing support to cross-border terrorism.

The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in but after a major terror attack on an camp in Uri in on September 18 that year, expressed its inability to participate in the summit due to "prevailing circumstances" and stepped up diplomatic pressure on

The summit was called off after Bangladesh, and also declined to participate.

(FO) Dr Mohammad Faisal, addressing the press briefing through from Beijing, said that the SAARC summit was "regrettably scuttled" by India.

He said, "condemns the attempt to bring the bilateral issues into multilateral forums. Indian belligerence has brought this multilateral forum to a halt, holding hostage the development and economic progress of the whole region".

Pakistan was committed to hold the already-delayed summit in at the earliest, Faisal said.

Pakistan would tirelessly continue to highlight the plight of innocent Kashmiris at all relevant forums, until Indian human rights atrocities come to a complete halt and the dispute was resolved in accordance with the Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, the said.

He said that spoke to the Foreign Ministers of and Turkey, and on the issue.

SAARC Summits are usually held biennially, hosted by a member state in alphabetical order. The member state hosting the summit assumes the of the Association.

The last SAARC Summit in 2014 was held in

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First Published: Thu, April 12 2018. 20:40 IST