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Pakistan flays India for calling off secretary-level talks


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Monday condemned New Delhi’s move of calling off the foreign secretary-level bilateral talks between the two countries following criticism of Pakistani High Commissioner Abdul Basit’s meeting with leaders of All Parties Hurriyat Conference. India called off the foreign secretary-level talks to be held on August 25 in Islamabad. The Foreign Office said in a statement that it was a setback for Islamabad’s efforts to promote good neighbourly relations with India. PM Nawaz Sharif had to face a lot of criticism at home after failing to meet Hurriyat leaders during his visit to India for PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony. The criticism continues even today by anti-government leaders during their speeches to protesters in independence and revolution marches in Islamabad. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan criticised Nawaz Sharif in recent days for having time to meet Jindal in India for his business interests while not finding time for meeting with leaders of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference.

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