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India bars Sartaj Aziz from talking to media in Amritsar

Updated Dec 04, 2016 11:40pm


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Sartaj Aziz speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. —AFP
Sartaj Aziz speaks during a news conference at the Foreign Ministry in Islamabad. —AFP

The Indian government on Sunday did not allow Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz to hold a scheduled press conference on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference, citing “security reasons”.

In sheer violation of diplomatic norms, the adviser was also barred from leaving the hotel premises and the media persons were not allowed to meet him in the hotel.

Furthermore, the Indian authorities stopped Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit to enter the Media Centre set up at the conference venue.

Arguments took place between High Commissioner Basit and security officials on his interaction with the Pakistani media persons.

Know more: Ghani, Modi lash out at Pakistan on terrorism at Heart of Asia moot in Amritsar

Later in the day, after returning from Amritsar, Aziz addressed a press conference in Islamabad and said, “Pakistan does not need to be pressurised in terms of counter-terrorism efforts.”

“We have done more in terms of counter-terrorism efforts in the last three years than any other country in the world.”

Aziz said we are now sharing our experiences of counter terrorism with the rest of the world.

Pakistan attended the conference to show solidarity with Afghanistan and the country’s commitment to peace and security in Afghanistan, he maintained.

‘No peace without resolution of Kashmir issue’

Pakistan's High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit said peace could not prevail in South Asia without the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

The lingering issue of Kashmir was the root cause of tensions between India and Pakistan and it must be resolved according to the wishes of Kashmiris, he said while talking to media on the sidelines of Heart of Asia Conference in Amritsar, India.

Pakistan, Basit said, had always favoured dialogue with India but on equal terms. He, however, added that Pakistan's desire for talks should not be misconstrued as its weakness.

He said Pakistan had been rendering sacrifices for last 35 years for durable peace in Afghanistan. The brunt borne by Pakistan (in the fight against terrorism) after 9/11 incident in the United States was known to all, he concluded.


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Faisal Dec 04, 2016 10:22pm

Should not have gone in the first place. Who is the National Security advisor ????

Anon Dec 04, 2016 10:22pm

How pathetic.

Taimoor khan Dec 04, 2016 10:28pm

Only PML (N) government is responsible for this humiliation of Pakistan. Everyone knew how India is going to behave. Why send Pakistani delagation to give India this opportunity?

correct one Dec 04, 2016 10:34pm

the press conference wasn't scheduled that's why he wasn't allowed to carry out one

Shahzad S Iqbal Dec 04, 2016 10:41pm

Who has allowed the current elected government to insult Pakistanis at every point? There is a limit to everything.....people voted this government in to improve their lives and not to have them insulted every other day....

Haroon Dec 04, 2016 10:48pm

Shame on indian tactics

PAK Dec 04, 2016 10:51pm

Indians have lost it. LOL!

Asif Dec 04, 2016 11:03pm

How good Indians are as a host, wow, wow.

Honey Dec 04, 2016 11:08pm

The world's greatest democracy shows its true colors.

Shahryar Shirazi Dec 04, 2016 11:08pm

Mr. Modi has decided to play it dirty. So be it!

Khawar saleem aslam Dec 04, 2016 11:32pm

Matured response from Sartaj Aziz.

Amir Dec 04, 2016 11:36pm

The so called largest democracy is turning out to be open hypocrisy.

Truth Dec 04, 2016 11:50pm

Modi and Ghani still think that they are isolating Pakistan by not talking. It is an ostrich policy....

Jameel Dec 04, 2016 11:50pm

So mean of India

dr. Khan Dec 05, 2016 12:01am

It is weakness, why on earth did Aziz go to India in the first place?

Haroon Dec 05, 2016 12:03am

Why would he even go there in such tense atmosphere. I think NS has completely lost it.

Princess_of_DHUMP Dec 05, 2016 12:04am

Petty statesmanship by the 'biggest democracy in the world'

Khan Dec 05, 2016 12:06am

This doesn't make India look strong, it makes India look childish and weak.

naqeeb Dec 05, 2016 12:12am

PMNL govt. have no shame. All they do is for personal businesses

baba Dec 05, 2016 12:15am

Why did you go to that country?????? its so weak show,

Shaukat Ali Khan Dec 05, 2016 12:31am

Let us see how low can India go.

Asim Dec 05, 2016 01:24am

That is very unethical and goes against all diplomatic norms and democratic values of freedom of expression. I wonder why Indian government is so much afraid of him talking to the media.

Khan Dec 05, 2016 02:02am

True face of the Host. Very Sad.

Thought Dec 05, 2016 02:27am

As expected

Nasir Dec 05, 2016 02:36am

Well done Mr Aziz, resolution of Kashmir is number one priority

Wasif Dec 05, 2016 04:06am

I think its another ill act by india, their mistakes and their fear will always hold them back .

Lafanga Dec 05, 2016 04:10am

Ok India. What are you hiding and what are you afraid of?

ISB Dec 05, 2016 04:15am

India and Afghanistan didn't have the guts to hear truth about themselves.

Akil Akhtar Dec 05, 2016 04:20am

What a small country and we still continue to go there....more shameless

sana-1 Dec 05, 2016 04:29am

We will never forget, we wil never forgive.

Sunny - Pakistan Dec 05, 2016 04:29am

A very cheap tactic by India, which shows their weakness!

Imtiaz ali khan Dec 05, 2016 04:43am

WOW! Anyone with any sane mind would not agree with this behavior.

zaffar Dec 05, 2016 05:26am

Why did Sartaj Aziz go to India in the first place?

Ayub Dec 05, 2016 05:25am

He should not have participated in the conference.

Farid Dec 05, 2016 06:11am

Slowly gradually India is changing in to a fundamentalist state. Good luck India with your journey on slippery slope.

Tariq Dec 05, 2016 06:37am

True face of india.

maverik Dec 05, 2016 06:40am

more childish behavior by Indian govt. They don't realize the long term damage they are doing to their international standing with such petty actions.

imtiaz ali khan Dec 05, 2016 06:42am

Narendra's Low move. Good luck in UP and other elections try hard to play Pak Card.

Dr. Khan Dec 05, 2016 06:52am

Someone is standing on high moral ground.

Arafat Dec 05, 2016 07:00am

Its better not to have spoken than never spoken.

Ahmed bin Babar Dec 05, 2016 07:44am

Out of guilt india lets the cat inside the bag...

OSMAN Dec 05, 2016 08:34am

Why did the PM send him there?

Leena Dec 05, 2016 08:55am

This is all about India.

SID Dec 05, 2016 09:39am

was a stupidity in the first place to even go there... Dec 05, 2016 09:57am

We should get rid of these so called Afghans refugees in Pak they are back stabbers.

Jarb Dec 05, 2016 10:04am

It is hoped that he had a comfortable stay and was extended all the courtesies as per the protocol.

Sympathiser Dec 05, 2016 10:23am

@OSMAN that is the big question??

Philosopher (from Japan) Dec 05, 2016 10:27am

He shouldn't go at first place to get such humiliation.

Ali (CA) Dec 05, 2016 10:32am

How low can India go? Let's keep on checking their level. Please attend every meeting and see their bottom. It's a win win for Pakistan.

KT Dec 05, 2016 10:32am

Indian media representatives can be invited in Pakistan.

BNJ Dec 05, 2016 10:59am

@Nasir Requesting you to pls read UN resolution on Kashmir issue.

Amin Dec 05, 2016 11:08am

True face of the 'largest democracy' in the world.

Shaukat Ali Khan Dec 05, 2016 11:41am


Going to India and expressing your views is strength, not weakness; Sir.

Tahir Baloch Dec 05, 2016 12:05pm

Why did he go there I don't understand.

T.M.Wazir Dec 05, 2016 12:16pm

@Honey ... correction honey, not greatest just biggest democracy.

sultan Ahmed Dec 05, 2016 05:21pm

He was not allowed to address the press conference the act did by Indian government was a sheer violation of fundamental principle of democracy. let him say what he want to say.

He also prevented to see media persons in hotel ban was also imposed there India showed hypocrisy ,he was a advisor but thet dealt with as he was a person in illegal confinement.

Iftikhar Husain Dec 05, 2016 05:46pm

India is playing like Big Brother it is a great shame.

Qayyum Dec 05, 2016 06:06pm

I don't think decision to partipate was wrong. Being the Foreign Minister, Nawaz Shareef must have attended. We had lot of cards to play. All went in vain becoz our Ministry Babu are too inept to prepare for such a big Forum. Sartaj Aziz was used to take the brunt, while Pakistan's image....who cares.

Iqbal Dec 05, 2016 07:52pm

I do not have to explain much about Indian Politicians "Black Heart People".

aslam khan Dec 06, 2016 02:34pm

@Truth is that so?

Iqbal Hadi Zaidi Dec 06, 2016 03:39pm

Had sky split apart if Sartaj straight away returned in protest since he was received by very junior India diplomat? India deliberately tested Sartaj if he knows order of precedence & protocol norms. Sartaj felt proud shaking hand with Modi which was sweet trap. He was not allowed to speak to press. Not allowed to leave hotel. How much more humiliation we swallow. Zimbabwe (per capita ranked 171 US$2100) Ambassador told me that since he was new so he wanted to pay courtesy call on US (per capita ranked 13 US$56,300) Ambassador and when he reached US embassy, security wanted to check Ambassador car which he refused and went back. US Ambassador called so Zimbabwe Ambassador said your car will be checked when you come my embassy. Zimbabwe Ambassador rightly dared to tell the mightiest American that his country is as independent and sovereign like him hence he commands and demands equal respect whatsoever. Can we learn lesson from Zimbabwe? Iqbal Hadi Zaidi/

Zealot Dec 06, 2016 04:17pm

There are lot of ink throwers in india and you should obviously know the indian instead of complaining to this and that,you should better be concerned of hostile state and should prevent even visiting at first....

BANTA SINGH Dec 06, 2016 04:40pm

On behalf of my Sikh friends, sincere apologies to Mr. Aziz. Golden Temple was build to WELCOME EVERYONE, including even Indira who destroyed it.

AXH Dec 06, 2016 04:43pm

@correct one - "the press conference wasn't scheduled that's why he wasn't allowed to carry out one"

Yes, and you were probably the only one who had the knowledge that there was no press conference scheduled.

Khan waliti Dec 06, 2016 05:05pm

For all the nay sayers Pakistani diplomats went there because they are not afraid. We are not intimidated by India this lets us show the world how week and petty the Indian government is :)

M. Siddique Dec 06, 2016 05:31pm

The largest democracy in the world is scared of truth being told. Shameful.

M. Siddique Dec 06, 2016 05:33pm

@Faisal, Decision of going to Amritsar to attend the was correct. It is an international moot. Absence would have played in India's hand that they succeeded in isolating Pakistan. We are glad Pakistan attended the conference.

Justwasif Dec 06, 2016 05:40pm

Not good

Syed Shahzad Bukhari Dec 06, 2016 06:58pm

Anti media in Pakistan should be happy !!!!!!

Immo Dec 06, 2016 07:23pm

why is he even there ? have some dignity

Immo Dec 06, 2016 07:24pm

and these indians whinge when the likes of Afridi say that indians can never have a big heart

Leo Dec 06, 2016 07:35pm

@Immo : We still love Afridi..He is a star in India!

Arafat Dec 06, 2016 11:27pm

@Haroon before saying tht know the gravity of the situation its better forhim not to have spoken noe than never spoken at all

Arafat Dec 06, 2016 11:27pm

@Khawar saleem aslam no chance or choice given as the world knows where we stand

Hopeful Dec 06, 2016 11:51pm

@correct one How do you know?

Hopeful Dec 06, 2016 11:53pm

The democratic Republic of Shame(India). They could not afford to let one person speak up. Why are there no Indians with their versatile comments on this article?

Masood Hussain Dec 07, 2016 01:14am

Sartaj Aziz did well in going to attend "Heart of Asia" conference.Indian &Afghan behavior was absolutely expected .

Pakistani Dec 07, 2016 09:00am

Very clever India !

Khwarezmi Dec 07, 2016 10:22am

Let this be a lesson to the pro-Indian hovernment in Islamabad. I hope it will stay away from all future meetings inside India.

Bluecollar Dec 07, 2016 12:35pm

What purpose this conference served ? Why even send Sartaj Aziz there ? In other country it was Ok to participate but in India.

observer Dec 07, 2016 02:31pm

Half of the problem is because of Mr. Aziz being an advisor, why can't Pakistan designate him as a foreign minister.

rana1 Dec 07, 2016 10:03pm

So this is what India class.