NEW DELHI (TIP): As India-Pakistan ties face an uncertain future in the wake of the Uri terror attack and retaliatory surgical strikes by India, Pakistan has decided against sending its representative to the Asian Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (AMCDRR) to be held here from November 3.
Only last week, Pakistan had withdrawn its senior representative from an international event on voter education hosted by the Election Commission of India, and sent a junior official instead.
Earlier, at a meeting of the high-level group of eminent experts to strengthen the Saarc anti-terror mechanism here in September, the Pakistan intelligence chief Aftab Sultan was conspicuous by his absence.
“Pakistan should have ideally sent their minister for disaster management to the conference. However, they have now sent their regrets to the home ministry,” said a senior home ministry official.
No reason has been specified for Pakistan’s decision to skip the event .
Bilateral relations between India and Pakistan have been strained after Islamabad openly eulogised Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani who was killed in an encounter on July 8.