India will not visit regional summit in Pakistan
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi would not attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit, a regional meeting of South Asian leaders, in Pakistan in November, according to media reports on Tuesday.
India's leader canceled a visit to a regional summit and Islamabad warned it would treat it as "an act of war"
if India revoked a water treaty.
India blames Pakistan for a deadly assault on an army base in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir this month."Increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit,"
India's foreign ministry said in a statement."In the prevailing circumstances, the Government of India is unable to participate in the proposed summit in Islamabad,"
the statement added.
Pakistan's foreign ministry called India's move "unfortunate"
and said it remained committed to peace and regional cooperation. In a statement, it accused India of meddling in Pakistan's internal matters.
India's announcement came hours after Sartaj Aziz, foreign policy adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, warned India not to break the Indus Water Treaty by drawing more water from three rivers that flow from India into Pakistan.