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Sri Lanka joins India’s camp, Pakistan formally postpones SAARC Summit

Pakistan on Friday has postponed the SAARC Summit, which was scheduled next month in Islamabad. After India, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan, Sri Lanka became the fifth nation to boycott the event.

The decision to pull out from the summit was taken after India and four other member states of the regional grouping decided to boycott the event and so Sri Lanka becoming the latest nation to pull out.

Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan had pulled out of the summit earlier, indirectly blaming Pakistan for creating an environment which was not conducive for the successful holding of the meet.

Islamabad has blamed New Delhi for the development, saying casting bilateral shadows violates the spirit of the SAARC charter. Pakistan, however, did not say anything about the other countries that pulled out.

“Pakistan deplores India’s decision to impede the SAARC process by not attending the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad on 9-10 November 2016,” the Pakistan Foreign Office said in a statement.

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