According to a source in Islamabad, an official of the Indian High Commission in Pakistan staged a walkout during a SAARC meeting over the presence of a minister from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) at the event.
Diplomat Shubham Singh left the meeting to register India’s protest over the presence of PoK minister Chaudhary Muhammad Saeed at the SAARC Chambers of Commerce and Industry meeting on the SAARC Charter Day in Islamabad on Sunday.
India’s consistent position has been that Kashmir is its integral part and does not recognise any minister for Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK).
In 2016, India had pulled out of the 19th SAARC summit that was to be held in Islamabad after the deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri.
Eventually, the summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to attend. Since then, no SAARC meeting has happened.
Earlier in September, India called off the foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York after the brutal killing of policemen in Jammu and Kashmir and the release of a postage stamp by Pakistan that glorified Kashmiri militant commander Burhan Wani.