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After India’s SAARC pullout, Pakistan now finds itself out of favour with Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to take non-military action on Pakistan by isolating it as a response to Pakistan-backed terrorist attacks in India.

Written by Kanishka Singh | New Delhi |
Updated: September 28, 2016 12:39:17 pm
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India’s move to isolate Pakistan after the cross-border terrorist attack in Uri seems to be showing quick results. After India pulled out of the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit that was scheduled to be held in Pakistan this November, others like Afghanistan, Bhutan and Bangladesh followed suit. Pakistan now witnesses the beginning of its international isolation which starts near its borders. Additionally, as a double-whammy, the US has again put pressure on Pakistan to take action against terrorists who seek sanctuary on Pakistan’s borders.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chose to take non-military action on Pakistan by isolating it as a response to Pakistan-backed terrorist attacks in India. His plan calls Pakistan’s bluff and has been quick to bear fruit. It is getting the support of the international community. Globally, countries have identified Pakistan as one that is responsible for creating an environment conducive to terrorism.

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The Ministry of External Affairs conveyed to SAARC Chair Nepal India on Tuesday that it will not attend the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation meet this November. It added that “increasing cross-border terrorist attacks in the region and growing interference in the internal affairs of Member States by one country (read Pakistan) have created an environment that is not conducive to the successful holding of the 19th SAARC Summit in Islamabad in November 2016.”

According to reports, Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan also expressed their unwillingness to attend the meet while one report quoted Sri Lankan authorities as saying SAARC summit cannot move forward without India.

India has already asserted that it will review the Indus Waters Treaty (IWT) that governs water sharing between India and Pakistan from six rivers of the Indus basin. Meanwhile, another meeting called on Thursday to discuss revoking Most Favoured Nation status to Pakistan will add to Pakistan’s woes further. Pakistan now stands cornered in its own neighbourhood with only China as a strategic ally. Though China has also chosen to maintain distance from the conflict owing to economic interests tied with India.

Concurrently, US State Department deputy spokesperson Mark Toner stated on Tuesday that the US – Pakistan’s ally – continues to ”put pressure on Pakistan to respond to those groups who are, quote/unquote, ‘seeking safe haven on Pakistan’s borders’, that — who are intent on carrying out attacks elsewhere in the region.”

Modi’s goodwill with the Americans and the prospect of US reaping more benefits from India’s growing economy inevitably put India as the favoured choice in terms of US support. This isolation will only increase and Pakistan now finds itself out of favour with its major trade partners.

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