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New Delhi: Pakistan’s Intelligence Bureau Chief, Aftab Sultan will not attend a conference of high level group of eminent experts of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries beginning on Thursday in Delhi.

“Pak IB Chief will not attend SAARC high level group of eminent experts in Delhi, it’s not mandatory for the IB Chief to attend,” said a Pakistani source.

Instead, an official of the high commission will represent Pakistan, it said.

However, Pakistan maintained that the country is fully committed to SAARC related events.

The two-day conference of the high-level group of eminent experts from SAARC countries is being hosted by India’s director of IB, Dineshwar Sharma. Intelligence chiefs of all other SAARC nations namely Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are participating in the event.

Meanwhile, India, Afghanistan and Bangladesh have decided not to attend the upcoming SAARC Summit that will be held in Pakistan in November. The move is believed to be a strategy to isolate Pakistan internationally for sponsoring terrorism. 

First Published | 21 September 2016 8:36 AM
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