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Post-Surgical Strikes, Pakistan Postpones SAARC Summit, What Next?

Attari: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on high alert along the India-Pakistan international border after a massive blast left over 45 people dead and over 70 others injured at Wagah in neighbouring Pakistan, on Nov.2, 2014. (Photo: IANS). (Photo: IANS)

File photo: Attari: Border Security Force (BSF) troopers on high alert along the India-Pakistan international border at Wagah in neighbouring Pakistan, on Nov.2, 2014. (Photo: IANS). (Photo: IANS)

Indian Army has claimed that its surgical strikes have claimed the lives of about 40 terrorists-in-waiting to cross into the country and some latest revelations said that this is not the first time such attacks across the LoC were undertaken as they were kept clandestine in the past and not talked about openly as is done now.

The fall-out of the attacks is that one Indian soldier was captured by Pakistan and the media on the other side claimed that eight soldiers were killed though Indian army refuted it immediately. So, the ground reality is still unclear and the result is that Pakistan is fast-getting isolated.

Following Sri Lanka’s reluctance, finally Pakistan on Friday postponed the SAARC Summit to be held in Islamabad next month conceding to the perception that SAARC may get slow burial on the lines of the Non-Aligned Movement.

“Pakistan deplores India’s decision to impede the SAARC process by not attending the 19th SAARC Summit at Islamabad on 9-10 November 2016,” said the Pakistan Foreign Office. It said bilateral problem between India and Pakistan are overshadowing the SAARC despite its Charter against it.

It remains to be seen whether PM Narendra Modi’s plan to launch SAARC Satellite soon will take off or not in view of the escalating bilateral tension between the two big rivals in the sub-continent.

Initially, India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan pulled out of the summit, followed by Sri Lanka which pulled out of the SAARC Summit on Friday. SAARC consists of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

 

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