A day after the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) announced that the proposed meeting between India and Pakistan at UNGA has been called off, Pak PM Imran Khan has criticized India for not resuming the talks, stating he is 'disappointed' by the decision.
The former cricketer turned politician seemed least pleased by India's decision, and called the response as 'arrogant and negative'. On his official Twitter handle, he wrote, "Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture."
Even Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi expressed his disappointment with India's decision. In an exclusive, he said, "I am disappointed as to what India did. I am disappointed with their gesture. They rejected the peace talks. We have outstanding issues and hence we approached them, but they rejected the request.
"They made stamps the issue, but they are just making excuses. Due to India's internal politics, this meeting was called off. PM Imran Khan wrote to PM Modi but the sort of 'jumle' Indian people used against him is not acceptable. I am disappointed with India's statement. We will present our side in UNGA," he further added
On Friday, India decided to call of the meet between the two countries on the wake of recent terror attacks in Kashmir. Citing the abduction and killing of three J&K terrorists, which was preceded by a barbaric killing of a BSF jawan, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of MEA said, "The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways."
He added, "Now, it is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, the evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of the new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in office. Any conversation with Pakistan in such an environment would be meaningless. In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan in New York."
Following the announcement, Qureshi had attacked India, accusing the government of playing politics. “It seems India is doing politics. Issues are complicated with India and there’s a need to resolve them. India’s priorities are different, not peace," he said.
Soon after, Pak President Arif Alvi also expressed his disappointment over the meeting being called off. On his official Twitter handle, his message read, "Sad to see India backing off from FM level talks. Mutual reservations could have been placed on the table. Kashmiris face only disappointment on #InternationalDayOfPeace PM @ImranKhanPTI's outstanding peace overture negated in their usual belligerant manner"