NewDelhi: The Congress on Wednesday said that instead of scrapping the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit meeting which is scheduled to be held in Pakistan in November, India should explore the possibility of holding the summit elsewhere.
“Is scrapping the SAARC Summit the answer? There appears to be randomness to these summits. Instead of boycotting the SAARC Summit, India should adopt diplomatic policy to organise the summit anywhere in South Asia without the presence of Pakistan,” said Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari.
Tewari also questioned the move of withdrawing the Most Favored Nations status ( MFN) given to Pakistan by India.
“From the past 50 years, Pakistan has not reciprocated the MFN. What effect will removing the MFN status have on the deep state of Pakistan? If the intent is to change the behaviour of Pakistan, would scrapping of ‘MFN’ be enough?”
He also said that neither the policy nor the intention of the centre is clear about Pakistan, and as a result, the security forces are getting affected by it on a regular basis.
After India said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not be going to Islamabad to attend the 19th SAARC Summit, Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh have also pulled out.
The SAARC summit cannot take place if even one of the eight members withdraws.
India yesterday announced that it would not attend the summit, conveying this message to current SAARC Chair Nepal.