India and Pakistan meeting at United Nations to end three-year freeze

India agrees to Imran Khan's request, Sushma Swaraj to meet Pakistan foreign minister at United Nations

India, Pakistan foreign ministers to meet on UNGA sidelines next week

India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, will meet her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, in NY during the assembly starting on Monday.

The last time India and Pakistan came face-to-face was during the annual meeting of SAARC foreign ministers in NY a year ago on the side-lines of the UN General Assembly.

India media has started propaganda after the announcement of Indo-Pak foreign ministers' meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY scheduled later this month.

India had agreed to talks after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan had written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking to re-start the bilateral talks on key issues "challenging the relationship". One of the issues that will come up during the discussions is India's demand for Pakistan to open up the Kartarpur Sahib gurdwara corridor for Sikh pilgrims from the Indian state of Punjab.

"I must distinguish between a meeting and a dialogue..."

Meanwhile, in yet another dastardly act Pakistani troops have slit the throat of a BSF jawan head constable Narendra Kumar along the worldwide border near Jammu.




Earlier on Wednesday when questioned about a possible meeting, spokesman at the Foreign Office had said: "No decision has yet been taken on it".

"I can say this barbaric incident, which not only defies logic, defies civilized behaviour but also violates all worldwide norms", he stated. "The date will be decided through consultations", Kumar further said. Accepting the proposal for the meeting, India had, however, made it clear that it was not a resumption of dialogue and the decision doesn't change the country's position on cross-border terrorism.

He claimed that "agenda" for the foreign minister's meeting had still not been finalised, but he added that Swaraj will take up the matter of setting up a Kartarpur Sahib corridor.

There is also a stalemate on the issue of opening the Kartarpur corridor for helping pilgrims visit the esteemed Gurudwara, located about 120 KM from Pakistan.

The Akalis have been also trying to take up flag on opening up a new pilgrimage to Kartarpur Sahih, which had been raised by Ata Bihari Vajpayee in 1999 and Manmohan Singh in 2004. "We await a formal response from India", Mohammad Faisal, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Pakistan Spokesperson said. The PTI government has stressed that India and Pakistan need a continued and uninterrupted dialogue, which is the only way forward.

Former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri said the cancellation reminded him of the Agra summit when everything was ready for joint statement but India backed out at the last minute. "Other countries have also felt that it is diffuclt to attend the SAARC summit which is to be hosted by Pakistan", he said.

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