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India Calls off Meeting with Pakistan After Kashmir Killings The cancellation comes just a day after India confirmed the meeting between the two foreign ministers

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INDIA has called off a meeting with the foreign minister of Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month after the abduction and killing of three police officials in Jammu and Kashmir this morning.


On Thursday, India had agreed to a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries after Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi proposing to restart bilateral talks.

The trigger for the cancellation was the killings of the cops in Kashmir and also the release of postal stamps commemorating Burhan Wani, the slain militant and former commander of Hizbul Mujahideen in Kashmir.

“It is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed & true face of new Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan has been revealed to the world in his first few months in the office,” Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson for India’s foreign ministry, said.

On Thursday, India had confirmed plans for a meeting between India’s Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in New York later this month.

India had said yesterday that the meeting was not to be read as talks or a resumption of dialogue but taking place on Pakistan’s request and the dates will be decided by the permanent mission of the two countries in New York.

Earlier this morning, three policemen of the Jammu and Kashmir police were abducted from their homes and later killed by suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militants in South Kashmir’s Shopian.

This incident followed threats issued earlier by the militants to the state’s cops to resign. Later in the day, videos surfaced on social media of some police officials announcing their resignation.

The government and the state’s top cop later dismissed them as propaganda.

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