ISLAMABAD: overseas Secretary Tehmina Janjua on Friday stated that destiny of the South Asian Associa­tion for nearby Cooperation (Saarc) lay in adherence by means of member states to the standards of sovereign equality and mutual appreciate.

“simplest via adhering to the principles of sovereign equality and mutual recognize amongst member states, might we be able to guide Saarc to our cherished aim of a wealthy and advanced South Asian place,” Ms Janjua said at a ceremony held to commemorate the regional bloc’s thirty fourth constitution Day.

The event was organised via the foreign workplace in collaboration with the Saarc Arbitration Council and Saarc energy Centre. The occasion become attended with the aid of ambassadors and representatives of the missions of Member and Observer States of Saarc, heads and representatives of Saarc Arbitration Council, Saarc Chamber of commerce and industry, Saarc power Centre and officers of the foreign ministry.

speakme on the event, Ms Janjua renewed Pakistan’s desire to host the nineteenth Saarc summit.

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“Pakistan stands geared up to host the 19th Saarc summit,” she said.

Islamabad changed into to host the nineteenth summit of the local bloc in November 2016, however India on that event forced its cancellation by way of first pulling out of the meeting at the pretext of “growing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in internal affairs of member states with the aid of one united states of america”, because of which it claimed the environment changed into “now not conducive to the a success conserving of the 19th Saarc summit in Islamabad”.

It was later joined via its regional allies Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Bhutan, all of whom exited, citing issues about terrorism and external interference in an implied criticism of Pakistan. Pakistan has now not been capable of convene the occasion for the 0.33 yr now due to a digital Indian veto.

Participation of all member states is mandatory for the convening of a summit. Saarc summits, as per the constitution of the body, are to be held as soon as a yr or more regularly as required by the scenario. However, summits can be held on 18 occasions only in Saarc’s 34 years of existence. Maximum of the postponements have taken vicinity in the ultimate 17 years.

quickly after assuming the office, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf government made a sparkling try at convening the summit, however India again declined.

Indian outside Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj final week stated Delhi was not responding “positively to it” and would not do so until the alleged support for terrorism ceases.

“unless and till Pakistan stops terrorist interest in India, there will be no communicate and we are able to no longer participate in Saarc summit,” she maintained.

published in sunrise, December 8th, 2018