ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has expressed surprise at the cancellation of a planned meeting with Indian counterpart, citing the upcoming elections in India as a possible reason.

In a brief response over the withdrawal of India from foreign ministers moot on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly, the minister expressed that Pakistan desires peace in the region, however, India had different priorities altogether.

‘Indian political system seems to be polarized,’ said the minister.

Shah Mehmood expressed that New Delhi was reluctant in the initiation of dialogue adding that the conflicting issues could only be resolved through dialogue.

‘India did not send a positive message through the development and the cancellation would affect other Saarc countries as well,’ said the lawmaker.

India backs off from planned meeting with Pakistan’s foreign minister on UNGA sidelines

He highlighted that India was involved in activities in Pakistan’s Balochistan province, however, Islamabad was ready to move forward.

India has called off talks with Pakistan which were scheduled to be held in next week on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Friday that there will be no meeting between the two foreign ministers in New York.

“In view of the changed situation, there will be no meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York,” said a press release issued by the ministry.