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Foreign policy experts react on India's move to cancel secretary level talks with Pakistan
Indian government has called off the foreign secretaries meeting with Pakistan, which was scheduled on 25 August in Islamabad. This decision was taken after Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit met Kashmiri separatist leader Shabir Shah.
Foreign secretary Sujatha Singh, who was scheduled to travel to Islamabad for talks with her Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhary on 25 August, has now conveyed to the Pakistan High Commissioner, that the foreign secretary level meeting between India and Pakistan has been canceled.

While sending out a strong message to the neighboring country Narendra Modi-led government in a way has made it crystal clear that India at no cost would accept any interference in the country's internal affairs.

K. Natwar Singh, a former foreign minister feels that the step taken by the Indian government will partially close the gates for any dialogue between India and Pakistan. He said, "In next 6-8 months there will be no relation between India and Pakistan."

Former foreign secretary, Salman Haider while reacting to this move by the Indian government said that it was very early to talk about the long term implications of this move by the government.

While talking to merinews.com, he said, "It remains to be seen, it is not cleared, whether the talks will resume at a later date or not. So it this stage, it will be a very premature to talk about the long term implications."

G. Parthasarthy, a former Indian Diplomat while reacting to the cancellation of foreign secretary level talks said, "I think the message will go across, that it cannot be business as usual, and then the two Governments will discuss on how to resume dialogue."

Dr. Parikshit Manhas, an Indian defence expert thinks that the decision is taken in a hurry. 

He said, "What I personally feel is that it's a little hasty decision on their part. Yes of course, it is going to send a tough message, that they do mean business. But what I think they should have done is, they should have held this foreign secretary level talks, and then rebuked them about the guidelines and protocols to be followed in future, that could have been a better way. None the less, its a strong message, this does mean that, we really do mean business."

Focusing on the long term implications of this move by India, Dr. Manhas said, "I don't think so, there will be any adverse implications of this move. From Indian perspective, best would be that Pakistan will very cautiously move forward, they understand the power of our country and this shows that our democracy is very strong, and is very strongly elected at the Centre, and the government means business. The separatist will also understand that they cannot bypass the Indian government. The government is working towards the development of Jammu and Kashmir, and is willing to solve the problem, but in a proper and emphatic manner."

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