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Small men occupying big offices: PM tweet blasts Modi

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The recent step by the Indian government led by Hindutva leader Narendar Modi has dashed hopes for a reinvigorated Pak-India peace process. The Indian government has put forward two excuses for backing out of a bilateral talk that it agreed to, two days ago: putting up unsubstantiated allegations of a BSF soldier’s death (which took place two days earlier to the Indian agreement of the Foreign Ministerial meeting in New York) and accusing the Imran Khan regime of printing out tickets with Burhan Wani’s picture (which took place prior to the elections as homage to a freedom fighter and a martyr). For many, the Modi regime has left no loose end in establishing that it does not want dialogue in the first place.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs sent out a typical scathing notification, which according to many used unprofessional and undiplomatic language alleging that these acts “reveal the true face of the new Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government”.

However, Pakistan too responded to the Indian backtracking from the Peace process, with the Pakistani Prime Minister himself leading the charge.

Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture, the Prime Minister tweeted.

The Pakistani Prime minister was not alone as many stood with him. The former Leader of the opposition in the Senate, Senator Sherry Rehman took to Twitter and gave her views on Kashmir.

Shame that on #InternationalPeaceDay India has refused to talk peace with Pakistan in even a routine manner at the @UN on the sidelines of the General Assembly. Running from talks won’t change the fact that this time Indian repression in Kashmir has been noticed in a UN report, The senator tweeted.

The Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry also handed it out to the Indians in a crisp tweet:

It seems that the Indian govt is divided on the issue of negotiations — have never seen such a puerile statement given by any Foreign Office. The world is watching: Pakistan stands for peace while Indian policies are being guided by extremist ideologies

Under a hashtag trend #IndianGovtagainstPeace, Twitterati are bashing the U-turn with all their might:

There were also those in India who criticised the “flip flops” of the Indian government


According to experts, it was Indian political considerations that dashed the latest attempts for peace between the two nuclear armed neighbours.