Last update: Thu, 29 Sep 2016 03am

General News: Pakistan


India on Tuesday pulled out of a key regional summit in Islamabad citing an increase in cross-border attacks, as tension between the nuclear-armed neighbours escalates. India said it has conveyed its decision not to take part in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit to Nepal, the current SAARC Chair.
Pakistan on Tuesday termed Indian refusal to attend the upcoming Saarc Summit in Islamabad as 'unfortunate' and also hit back at the Indian accusation of 'cross-border terrorism'. The Indian decision not to attend the 19th Saarc Summit to be hosted by Pakistan on November 9 and 10 came via a tweet by Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.
Advisor to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz informed the National Assembly on Tuesday that India cannot revoke the Indus Water Treaty unilaterally and if it does so "the revocation can be taken as an act of war." Responding to a calling attention notice moved by PTI members Dr Shireen Mazari and others, he said that Pakistan can approach the United Nations and the International Court of Justice if India violates the Indus Water Treaty.
On Tuesday, Business Recorder sent the following queries to the World Bank: can any party to the treaty (India or Pakistan) alter or scrap the Indus Water Treaty (IWT) signed between Pakistan and India in 1960 brokered by the World Bank unilaterally? And what procedure is required to be adopted if any party wants to alter or scrap the Treaty?
Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi Abdul Basit was summoned by the Indian External Affairs Ministry on Tuesday for the second time in a week and presented alleged proof of cross border origins of the Uri attackers. "Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar calls in Pakistan HC Basit today & presents proof of cross border origins of Uri attacks," tweeted Vikas Swarup, Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) has imported 35 armoured vehicles worth Rs 850 million for the security of foreign dignitaries, who are scheduled to visit Pakistan for 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit to be held on 9-10 November, 2016; it is learnt. Sources said the MoFA after having a seal of approval from the Economic Co-ordination Committee (ECC) on September 7, 2016 imported 35 armoured vehicles worth Rs 850 million for the security of foreign dignitaries and sought duty and tax exemptions from Federal Board of Revenue (FBR).
Pakistan delegate to the Human Rights Council termed Indian attempts at casting aspersions on Pakistan, as an act of desperation by India that was trying to distract the attention of the international community from the terrible human rights situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and that the world does not believe the lies being spun out by India on this issue.