SAARC Summit Kicks Off In Islamabad

Written by Tarushi Aswani

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) interior ministers conference in Islamabad on Wednesday with regional affairs, terrorism, prevention of drugs and human trafficking on its agenda.

Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif is scheduled to open the two-day SAARC interior ministers meeting at a local five-star hotel in Islamabad, Pakistan, which is expected to be attended by interior ministers from all SAARC states except for Bangladesh,which is being represented by senior officials.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh is also attending the conference. He, however, will not hold a one-on-one meeting with his Pakistani counterpart, according to the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

“There is no such proposal (for a bilateral meeting),” a spokesman for the Indian foreign ministry, Vikas Swarup, had said while confirming Singh’s visit to Islamabad a few days ago.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan responded to the statement by New Delhi saying that he too is not ‘anxious’ to hold a meeting with his Indian counterpart.

The SAARC member countries include Pakistan, India, Nepal, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.The platform strives to strengthen ties and cooperation between member states and resolve conflicts with peaceful measures.

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