Unfazed by pull-outs, Pakistan to go ahead with SAARC summit

Unfazed by the decision of India and three other South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) member nations to not participate in the grouping’s summit here, Pakistan on Wednesday said it would go ahead with the event in November.

Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan would host the 19th SAARC summit in November, Radio Pakistan reported on Wednesday.

Mr. Zakaria was quoted as saying that it was learnt from the External Affairs Ministry’s tweet that India is not going to participate in the SAARC Summit.

Mr. Zakaria called the decision “unfortunate.” “While we have not received any official communication in this regard, the Indian announcement is unfortunate,” he said.

Pakistan was committed to regional peace and would continue working for the broader interest of the people of the region, according to the report.

Bid to foil summit: Aziz

Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said India is making propaganda to foil the conference that was scheduled to be held in November, according to Pakistan Today newspaper.

Besides India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan have pulled out of the summit, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment that is not right for the successful holding of the meet.

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