Weekly Current Affairs

SAARC summit to be cancelled [IR, Security]

  • The SAARC summit of 2016 will be cancelled.
  • The confirmation from Nepal, the current SAARC Chair, came after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan followed India’s decision to stay away from the November summit to be held in Islamabad.
  • There is no question of holding the summit if four countries declare their unwillingness to participate.
  • As the current SAARC Chair, Nepal has the responsibility of seeking a solution to such pre-summit disputes but under the current circumstances nothing much can be attempted.
  • “Cross-border terrorist attacks in the region” is reason for boycotting summit, Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan too expressed concern about same issue.
  • Bangladesh in recent months has been involved in a war of words with Pakistan over the war crimes trial, which led to the execution of a number of high profile political figures accused of crimes during the war of 1971.
  • The cancellation of the summit is unprecedented, as four member-states have cited “terrorism” and “imposed violence” while withdrawing from the summit.
  • Following the cancellation, the future of SAARC has become uncertain even as some diplomats advised Pakistan to cooperate.