Members of the Indian Society of Anesthesiologists have expressed their inability to attend a SAARC Congress to be held in this Pakistani port city due to a travel advisory issued by the Indian government in the wake of the Mumbai terror attacks.
"We will miss them as they are part of our SAARC family and we have together been constantly involved in promoting the cause of health-care in the region," said Saida Haider, chairperson of the Pakistan Association of Anesthesiologists, which is hosting the SAARC Association of Anesthesiologists Congress during February 5-8.
Haider said members of the Pakistan Society of Anesthesiologists could not attend the last Congress held in India due to strained relations between the two countries some two years back.
Up to 450 participants from SAARC states and about 125 delegates from other South Asian countries, the US, Britain and Germany are expected to participate in the meet.
Amidst heightened tensions in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, the Indian government issued an advisory asking its nationals not to travel to Pakistan.