Indian refusal to compromise may kill SAARC

ISLAMABAD: India’s irrational anger and divisive regional strategy has all but killed the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc). The summit of the key regional forum was unofficially postponed after New Delhi pulled out in a frantic move to isolate Pakistan politically and economically in the aftermath of the Sept 18 Uri assault. A formal announcement of postponement would be made by Nepal, the current chair of the bloc.

According to the charter of Saarc, which brings together eight member states in the region, the summit is postponed should any member state declines to participate. And this is exactly what Sartaj Aziz, the prime minister’s top foreign policy aide, said. “Even if one member pulls out, the conference cannot go on as per schedule,” he told media.

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