Gurdaspur fallout: Punjab CM calls off meeting with Pak envoy
Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal has called off his meeting with Pakistani envoy Abdul Basit in the wake of a terror attack in Gurdaspur blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
The Pakistan high commissioner is scheduled to visit Chandigarh during July 29-August 1.
An official spokesperson said late on Monday night that the chief minister had called off his scheduled meeting with Basit on July 29 but did not cite any reasons.
The decision came in the wake of an 11-hour siege in Punjab’s Gurdaspur district that ended when security forces gunned down three militants suspected to be from Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in Dinanagar town.
The suspected Pakistani terrorists stormed a police station in Dinanagar, killing seven people and wounding 10 others. The area’s superintendent of police Baljit Singh, three security personnel and three civilians were among the dead.
The attack is likely to cast a cloud on the normalisation of ties between India and Pakistan. The terror strike came weeks after prime ministers Narendra Modi and Nawaz Sharif met in Russia and agreed that top security officers from the two countries will meet to discuss ways to counter terrorism.
Badal has often pushed for better ties between India's Punjab state and Pakistan's Punjab province. He has also visited the neighbouring country several times to discuss ways to improve ties between the two parts of Punjab.