Better late than never: Congress on India, Pak talks cancellation

Srinagar: The Congress on Friday sought to take credit for the government’s decision to call off the meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

Barely 24 hours after agreeing to it, the government Friday called off a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York, citing the killings of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and Islamabad releasing postage stamps “glorifying” militant commander Burhan Wani.

Asked about the decision to call off the talks, senior Congress leader Abhishek Singhvi told a press briefing, “Better late than never. And sometimes credit should also be given to us.”

Earlier, the Congress had slammed the government for agreeing for the meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session next week.

“It is laughable to talk of government’s Pakistan policy. When the government of India talks about policy on Pakistan, it sounds like an oxymoron, a contradiction. Simply because there is no policy which we can point out.

“The great policy which Mr Modi’s government has perfected is the policy of ‘No Pak policy’. It is knee-jerk, it is episodic, it is momentary, it is transient, it depends on the mood of the moment,” Singhvi said. (Agencies)

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