Response by Indian High commissioner
India has not changed its position on the participation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the SAARC summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November this year in the last one month.
Doubtful status of India’s participation was on account of:
1. Following the cold reception to Home Minister Rajnath Singh on August 6 in Islamabad, during a meeting of SAARC Home Ministers.
2. The war of words spread to the G20 summit when Mr. Modi obliquely referred to Pakistan and said terrorism in South Asia is supported by “one single nation”.
- Pakistan said it was India which was spreading cross- border instability in South Asia.
Adviser on Foreign Affairs for the Prime Minister of Pakistan Sartaj Aziz had delivered the invitation for Mr. Modi to attend the summit.
Testimony of the tensions between the two nations
Following Mr. Singh’s visit to Islamabad, India cancelled Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s visit to the city to participate in the ministerial of SAARC.