Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Saturday expressed his disappointment with the Indian government’s decision to cancel proposed talks between the two Foreign Ministers, terming it an “arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue.”
“All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” Mr. Khan tweeted, in a clear sign of frustration over his offer for talks having been spurned.
The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) didn’t immediately respond to Mr. Khan’s outburst.
On Friday, the MEA spokesman had said the killing of policemen in Jammu and Kashmir had revealed “the real face” of Mr. Khan and of Pakistan’s “evil agenda”.
The MEA cited that as the reason for the cancellation of the proposed talks between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The MEA’s statement had also referred to stamps issued by the Pakistan postal service that glorified Kashmiri terrorists, including Burhan Wani.
On Friday, the Indian government, citing “the latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a (slain) terrorist (Burhan Wani) and terrorism,” had called off the meeting in New York.
Challenging India’s reasons, the Pakistan foreign ministry said the killing of the BSF soldier had taken place before Thursday’s announcement by India of the bilateral meeting and that the postage stamps on Burhan Wani had been issued before Mr Khan assumed office as Pakistan’s PM.
Denying any role in the killing of the BSF soldier, Islamabad also offered “to conduct a joint investigation to establish the truth”.
India had, Pakistan’s foreign ministry said, “by its ill-considered cancellation of the meeting, has once again wasted a serious opportunity to change the dynamics of the bilateral relationship and put the region on the path of peace and development”. On September 14, Mr Khan had written to Mr Modi about India and Pakistan resuming dialogue that have been suspended since 2015.