Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan on Thursday continued the peace talks between India and Pakistan with his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in which he asked for the two neighbouring countries to resume dialogue and iron out differences. Taking to his Twitter handle, Pakistan PM wrote that he is disappointed by India's response to his call for resumption of the peace dialogue.
New Delhi called it off Friday, a day after publicly confirming Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj would meet her Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
According to The New York Times, the Pakistani Army Chief General Qamar Bajwa had "quietly reached out to India" to resume peace talks months before Imran's military-orchestrated election victory with the goal of mitigating intense worldwide pressure that Islamabad has been facing for its nefarious behaviour.
The government also directly targeted Imran on Friday following the murders of three Kashmiri policemen.
India cited "the latest brutal killings" of its security forces by "Pakistan-based entities" for cancelling the meeting and again accused the neighboring country of "glorifying terrorism".
Kumar, however, had not specified a date for the meeting but sources told Geo News that it was scheduled for September 27.
Long-time watchers of the subcontinent can recall several earlier instances where the hidden "foreign hand" either directly or indirectly pushed Pakistan into rapprochement or compromise with India.
Pakistan has in the past suggested that other countries could join CPEC, but the response has been lukewarm due to concerns that China would dominate any relationship.
It strongly denied Pakistan's link to the alleged cross-border attack, saying it happened two days before New Delhi agreed to hold the meeting and both sides were already aware and in contact about it.
"We have noted relevant reports and we welcome the positive remarks made by the Indian and Pakistani leaders on improving bilateral relations", Lu said while replying to a question on the statements made by the two leaders.
"There will be no talks with Pakistan till our soldiers keep getting killed", he said at a press conference here.