No Indo-Pak Talks as Modi Rebuffs Sharif

  • PM Narendra Modi will not have a bilateral meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.
  • Modi will meet the heads of Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, Afghanistan and Bhutan, with Pakistan being conspicuously absent.
  • The Indian announcement came hours after the Pakistani PM said he was willing to meet the Indian leadership but India had to make the first move to request a meeting.
  • Pakistan has also opposed plans for regional connectivity through power and railway links that were proposed by India.
  • Sharif, on his arrival, said: cancellation of talks was New Delhi's unilateral decision; the ball is now in India's court for talks between both the countries.
  • The prospects of an India-Pakistan meeting coincided with polls in J&K, with the first phase witnessing an unprecedented high turnout.
  • Asked about the possibility of talks resuming between the two countries, the Pakistani PM said the question should be put to Modi instead.
  • The two leaders may exchange pleasantries during their retreat planned for but there will be no public interaction.
  • Indian officials were tight-lipped when asked about the possibility of a bilateral talks.