Pakistan's Senate Chairman Sadiq Sanjrani on Sunday cancelled his official trip to the UAE, a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the Gulf nation's highest civilian award during his visit to the country, according to a media report. Sanjrani was scheduled to visit the UAE from 25-28 August with a parliamentary delegation on the invitation of the UAE government. His delegation was to hold meetings with the UAE parliamentarians and government officials, Geo TV reported. He, however, decided to cancel the trip as Pakistan vehemently supports Kashmiri people, the channel said, citing a statement from the Senate Secretariat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was honoured with the 'Order of Zayed', the UAE's highest civilian award, on Saturday in recognition of his pivotal role in building the strategic relationship between the two countries. The award has earlier been bestowed on several world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin, Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, ex-Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Chinese President Xi Jinping. Modi thanked the UAE government for the honour and dedicated the award to the skills and abilities of 1.3 billion Indians. The award was conferred on Modi by the Abu Dhabi crown prince, Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in a ceremony held at the Presidential Palace in Abu Dhabi.
Responding to the questions of the Pakistani reporters after UN closed door meeting, India's permanent representative he gave a stern warning to the neighbouring country in order to initiate dialogue, calling for action against terror activities. "Using terror to try and push your goals is not the way a normal state behave in - Stop terror to start talks," he said in a stringent warning to Pak. During the briefing, he was questioned by another Pakistan journalist asking "when will India begin a dialogue with Pakistan?". Responding to the question, in a spontaneous gesture, Syed Akbaruddin immediately went to the Pak reporter and shook his hand and another Pak reporter's hand.Syed Akbaruddin, at his best, showed his witty side during the press briefing and single-handedly shut down Pakistan at the UN, speaking for a billion. At the beginning of the Q&A session, while journalists were clamouring to ask questions, he assured saying: "Relax, I will answer five questions - which is five times more than my last two predecessors, who came here." Further, when asked about the way forward as most global powers have stated that Jammu-Kashmir is a bilateral issue he said: "It is now for Pakistan to stop terror and start talks." When asked about the restrictions on the ground put in place in Jammu-Kashmir prior to the abrogation of article 370, he said: "Prevention is better than cure. Our measures were to stop terrorists from bleeding our people. There are no fatalities in the last 10 days."
On August 5, India revoked Article 370 of the Constitution removing special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and has also bifurcated the state into two Union Territories -- Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Reacting to India's decision, Pakistan expelled the Indian High Commissioner soon after deciding to downgrade diplomatic ties with New Delhi. India has categorically told the international community that its move to scrap Article 370 of the Constitution revoking the special status to Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and has also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.