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Reports claim PM Modi to be invited by Pakistan to attend SAARC summit

Reports claim PM Modi to be invited by Pakistan to attend SAARC summit

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is reported to be invited to Pakistan for the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit.

The summit has not been held since 2016 when India chose to haul out of a summit to be facilitated by Pakistan following a string of terrorist attacks in the country. Since SAARC works by accord, the summit couldn't be held.

India’s decision to not attend the summit was part of the global campaign to isolate Pakistan after four terrorists attacked an army base in Jammu and Kashmir's Uri, killing 18 soldiers.

This September, after a soldier and three policemen, were executed in Jammu and Kashmir, India turned down Pakistan's request for a meeting between foreign ministers. After seven days, Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj clarified that strict action should be taken on terror before any meeting can happen.

Foreign Office Spokesman, Dr Mohammad Faisal said, "In this century diplomacy has totally changed. Now policies are made based on citizen’s emotions and wishes."

He further added, "The Kartarpur Corridor, which will encourage visa-free travel of individuals from India's Sikh community to their religious site in Pakistan, will be introduced tomorrow and is expected to be completed within six months.”

SAARC Summits are typically held biennially facilitated by a member state in sequential order. The member state facilitating the summit accept the Chair of the Association. The last SAARC Summit was held in Kathmandu in 2014, which was attended by Modi. The 2016 SAARC Summit was to be held in Islamabad.

Following India's refusal, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan likewise declined to participate in the Islamabad meet. The Maldives and Sri Lanka are the seventh and eighth members from the activity.