On Friday, September 21, 2018, the proposed meeting between foreign ministers of India and Pakistan, Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi, that was to be held in New York was called off by India after brutal killing of a BSF soldier by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Jammu.
Ministry of External affairs statement said, “Since yesterday’s (Thursday’s) announcement of a meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan in New York later this month, two deeply disturbing developments have taken place”.
The statement said, “The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways”.
It said, “It is obvious that behind Pakistan’s proposal for talks to make a fresh beginning, evil agenda of Pakistan stands exposed and the true face of [the] new Prime Minister of Pakistan has been revealed to [the] world in his first few months in the office,” the statement said”.
— Times of India (@timesofindia) September 21, 2018
On Tuesday Hizbul Mujahideen in video threatened to kill every Kashmiri working for the J&K police, Army and other security forces if they didn’t resign from the services within four days. Thereafter, the resignation of some SPOs emerged that government called propaganda.
SPO (Special Police Officers) are former terrorists, who know the local area very well and are important source of information for security forces in the valley.
On September 18, BSF head constable Narender Singh was killed by Pakistani troops along the International Border in Ramgarh sector of Jammu and his body was mutilated. Three SPOs were also abducted and killed by terrorists in Shopian of Jammu-Kashmir.
The meeting between the ministers of India and Pakistan would be the first direct communication between the two governments. The External Affairs Ministry statement said that the letter from the newly elected PM Imran Khan showed the will to bring a positive change and mutual desire for peace and readiness to discuss terrorism.