Pakistan team not allowed for conference in India

MEA blames it on ‘poor state of ties’

June 07, 2018 10:45 pm | Updated 10:45 pm IST - NEW DELHI

The External Affairs Ministry on Thursday said the ‘state of relationship’ with a country determines visit of its citizens to India.

The Ministry’s spokesperson was responding to reports in the media stating that it objected to Pakistan’s participation in an academic conference to be organised by Ashoka University.

“There are several factors which go into about participation of an individual or a country in any conference or seminar. One major consideration is the input that we receive from the agencies, but the very important input is the state of relationship.

“If the state of relationship is positive, then these things are smooth and free flowing. Otherwise, all these things come into play. Participation of Pakistan or any other country is a reflection of state of relationship with that country,” said the MEA spokesperson in response to a story that was first reported by The Wire.

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