Call on PM Modi's Pakistan visit to be taken at the right time: Government

There has been an escalation in war of words between India and Pakistan over the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.

Published: 17th August 2016 11:58 PM  |   Last Updated: 17th August 2016 11:58 PM   |  A+A-


NEW DELHI: Whether Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to Pakistan to attend the SAARC summit later this year will be a "policy decision" a call on which will be taken at the "right time", government sources said tonight.

"It is something on which we will take a call at the right time," they said.

There has been an escalation in war of words between India and Pakistan over the ongoing unrest in Kashmir and today India rejected Islamabad's proposal to hold Foreign Secretary-level talks on the issue.

The 19th SAARC summit is scheduled to be held in Islamabad in November.

Asked whether Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will travel to Pakistan to attend the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Finance Ministers' meeting, the sources said a decision on it has "not been firmly made".

On reports that the Prime Minister may not travel to Venezuela next month to attend the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit, the sources said it has not been decided who will represent India at the conclave.

At the same time, they added there was no change in India's policy towards NAM. The last time an Indian Prime Minister stayed away from attending NAM was Chaudhary Charan Singh in 1979.

Asked about Modi's comments on situation in Balochisthan, the sources said it was an expression of concern by the Prime Minister and did not come out of the blue.

They said the PM was troubled by the human rights violations and excesses done by Pakistani army in Balochistan.

Questions like with whom India will coordinate and what New Delhi was going to do in Balochistan are "premature and irrevalent", the sources said.

About discussion with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi here last week on NSG issue, the sources said the leader of the Chinese delegation at the plenary meeting of the 48-nation grouping in Seoul in June will soon come to India.

They said all related issues will be discussed during his visit.

Stay up to date on all the latest Nation news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp