Source: News Bharati English30 Sep 2016 20:49:01

Islamabad, Sept 30: Due to unprecedented isolation on international plank Pakistan has postponed SAARC Summit in Islamabad. A new set of dates will be announced soon for the 19th SAARC Summit said officials.

Pakistan formally announced that the 19th SAARC Summit which was to be held in Islamabad in November this year has been cancelled. A statement from the Foreign Office said that “the spirit of the SAARC Charter is violated when a member state casts the shadow of its bilateral problems on the multilateral forum for regional cooperation”.

“Pakistan attaches great importance to regional cooperation under the umbrella of SAARC and remains committed to hosting the 19th SAARC Summit at Islamabad at the earliest,” he added.

This cancellation of SAARC summit is considered to be the big diplomatic blow to Pakistan and it indicates the global support for India on the issue of terrorism. Earlier backing India's stand, Sri Lanka too announced its decision to pull out of the SAARC summit to be held in Islamabad in November.

Other SAARC nations Bangladesh, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Nepal have already conveyed their objections towards attending the SAARC summit to be held in Pakistan after the Pakistan-backed terror on an army administrative camp in Uri claimed the lives of 18 soldiers.

Along with SAARC countries several nations including Germany, France, The UK, South Korea and Russia have supported India in its fight against Pakistan-sponsored terrorism.

Founded in 1985, South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) currently has Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka as its members

The General Provisions of the SAARC Charter require that decisions at all levels shall be taken on the basis of unanimity, and this applies to the convening of meetings of Heads of State or Government of SAARC Member States as well.