India’s efforts to ensure “complete isolation” of Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack may face hurdle at its immediate neighbourhood, with all the eight members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) unlikely to reach a consensus on either a temporary or permanent suspension of Pakistan from the grouping.
Since Descision at Saarc are taken by consensus, it is unlikely that India will be able to convince all the members to take action against Pakistan. After a deadly terrorist attack on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir in September 2016, India had decided not to participate in the 19th Saarc summit scheduled to be held in Islamabad. Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan followed same route.
On Saturday, India raised duties on imports from Pakistan by 200%, a day after it had withdrawn the most favoured nation status to Pakistan after the Pulwama terror attack.