Sunday, February 06, 2005

FLASH: Fuming Khaleda accuses India of undermining her authority

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Fuming Khaleda accuses India of undermining her authority
06/02/2005

A fuming Bangladeshi Prime Minister, Khaleda Zia, has reportedly told her Pakistani counterpart Shaukat Aziz that New Delhi had undermined her credibility as the leader of her nation by opting out of the 13th SAARC summit that was to be held on February 6 and 7.

"Prime Minister Khaleda Zia was furious at the Indians and said that they had deliberately tried to undermine her government. She expressed these sentiments, when she talked to the Pakistani leadership by telephone," The News quoted an unnamed diplomat as saying.

Meanwhile, several member states have expressed their disappointment and anger over India's decision not to attend the Saarc summit at the last moment.

Sources were quoted by the paper as saying that Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz had telephoned Nepal's King Gyanendra on Thursday and told him that Pakistan saw the situation in Kathmandu as purely an internal problem of Nepal and that Islamabad fully supported the present government headed by the monarch.

Secondly, Islamabad expressed disappointment at the Indian decision to postpone the Saarc summit. Shaukat Aziz assured King Gyanendra that he would get in touch with all Saarc member states so as to come up with fresh dates.