India calls off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan
India on Monday called off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan which were scheduled to be held on August 25 in Islamabad.
The Indian government had said that it was calling off the talks in the wake of Kashmiri separatist leaders being invited to the Pakistan High Commission to meet with High Commissioner Abdul Basit.
The Pakistan envoy met one of the separatist leaders Shabir Shah this afternoon.
The Indian government tersely said that it was seeing these meetings as a direct interference in India's internal affairs, which it could not accept.
Earlier today, Shah during his meeting at the Pak-High Commission had expressed a need to hold trilateral talks between India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashmir.
Further details are awaited.
(Posted on 19-08-2014)
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