India’s eleventh hour decision to cancel an informal meeting between the foreign ministers of both the countries has invited strong criticism on the social media. India’s External Ministry, yesterday, announced that the decision to pull out of the meeting, which had been announced just a day earlier, followed the killing of Indian guards in Kashmir. Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi regretted the decision saying that “clapping can’t be done with a single hand.” Moreover, Indian daily The Hindu, in its editorial, argued that India’s reasons for this ‘flip-flop’ were far from convincing.
Below are some reactions on the decision from Twitter:
"A credible position requires consistency… Government's explanation for cancelling talks 24hours after scheduling them is far from convincing, must explain why the flip-flop" : @the_hindu Edit on India Pakistan talks cancellationhttps://t.co/C7XDFhwrBN
— Suhasini Haidar (@suhasinih) September 22, 2018
I still can’t get over the tone of this MEA statement. An odd hybrid of Trumpian and North Korea-style rhetoric. https://t.co/WmSNYi8T6c
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) September 22, 2018
India’s crude language in backtracking from a meeting with Pakistan at #UNGA is deliberate.
It is designed to provoke a harsh official response from @ImranKhanPTI.
It is the only tool available to a morally depraved occupational regime.
PM Khan must not take this bait.
— Mosharraf Zaidi (@mosharrafzaidi) September 21, 2018
#India withdraws from #FM meeting at #UNGA where Pakistan would have formally presented proposal for FS talks, through an undiplomatic unprofessional and desperate sounding press release. The only ‘evil’ agenda this exposes is the agenda of irrational hostility in Delhi. pic.twitter.com/Wo4v395iN5
— Hassan Akbar (@hass_akbr) September 21, 2018
Very harsh words and very undiplomatic from Indian MEA..India does not seem to be interested in peace talks.. https://t.co/YgONNOGnbI
— Waseem Abbasi (@Wabbasi007) September 22, 2018
These are not "harsh words" but a deliberate insult to our PM! Clearly India has exposed it's ugly face of obduracy & state terrorism it seeks to perpetuate in IOK! It's anger at PM Khan stems from Khan's call for renewal of peace dialogue, thereby exposing Modi's belligerency https://t.co/K6jtM7cxDG
— Shireen Mazari (@ShireenMazari1) September 22, 2018