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Postponement of SAARC summit to increase tension between India and Pakistan

ASSOCIATED PRESS OF PAKISTAN NEWS SUMMARY (06-11-1999)

ISLAMABAD, Nov 6 (APP): The postponement of 11th SAARC summit to begin in Katmandu from Nov. 26-28 will increase tension between India and Pakistan. Indian endeavours to get the summit postponed is not compatible with the charter of the seven-member organization, Dr. Ejaz Hussain, Chairman International Relations Department Quaid-i-Azam University told APP here. If the SAARC summit is not held as per schedule it will turn the clock back on the organization. Basically India was trying to isolate Pakistan, he added. But if the principles of human rights is made the basis for the postponement of SAARC summit, over and above charter of the organization, it should be applied across the board. What India was doing in held Kashmir? Is it not indulging in "flagrant and gross violations," of human rights, he asked? Democracy after all is a system concerned with the rights of the people to determine their own destiny, he said. Dr. Ejaz said the Commonwealth and European Union should also take note of Indian suppression of the rights of the people in occupied Kashmir. Meanwhile the diplomatic observers here said Indians have been trying to woo other SAARC members to join their design, but so far their efforts have met with resistance. They said, even countries like Bhutan have so far not called for the putting off the summit "because there is no such provision in SAARC Charter." In Kathmandu, all arrangements for holding the Summit have been finalized. In fact, only 14 days remain in the start of the summit meeting, as programming committee meets in Nepal from November 18-23, while officials meet from 21 to 23. Nepal has made elaborate arrangements for the summit and supports that it should be held on schedule.