ISLAMABAD: In a sharp rebuke to Indian army chief's threatening remarks, Information and Broadcasting Minister Fawad Chaudhry said that India was using hate mongering against Pakistan to bail out Prime Minister Narendra Modi following calls for his resignation over a French deal.
The foreign ministry in New Delhi said its decision to scrap the meeting was to protest the killing of Indian security personnel in Kashmir and a Pakistani postage stamp it said was "glorifying" an anti-India separatist who Indian forces killed in the disputed Himalayan region past year.
Its statement did not specify which killings it was referring to, but earlier this week an Indian border guard in the disputed territory of Kashmir was killed and his body mutilated.
The killing of Indian soldiers took place before the talks were confirmed by the MEA Thursday, while 20 postage stamps on "Kashmiri terrorists" were released even before the Pakistani elections took place in July.More news: Southampton - Premier League - 22 September 2018
India's acceptance was based on a request made in a letter dated September 14 from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to his Indian counterpart to reply to the latter's congratulatory missive.
The source, however, declined to confirm or deny on the possibility of a meeting between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the SAARC Council of Foreign Ministers meeting in NY.
This came hours after Pakistan foreign office released a statement saying reasons cited by India for cancellation of talks were "entirely unconvincing". 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. "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism", he added.
Pakistan wants stability and peace in the region, the foreign minister said.
The BJP, however, maintained that it has been the government's stand that talks and terror can not go together and asserted that the Indian Army will give Pakistan a befitting reply.
Qureshi told Pakistan's ARY TV channel that he was "surprised and disappointed". "We confirm that two foreign ministers will not meet in New York", Kumar said. Although India has granted the most favoured nation (MFN) status to Pakistan under the World Trade Organisation rules, Islamabad is yet to reciprocate.