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.