Pakistan to skip anti-tobacco meet in India due to tension

Due to the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan, the latter has dropped out of the anti-tobacco conference

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Islamabad, Nov 4: Pakistan on Friday announced that it will skip an international anti-tobacco conference in India next week amidst "ongoing tensions" between the two nations.

Delegates from about 180 countries are expected to attend the biennial conference of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) in India from November 7 to 12.

Pak to skip anti-tobacco meet in India

Pakistan's State Minister of Health Sciences Regulation and Coordination, Saira Afzal Tarar, said that Pakistan cannot attend the conference.

"It is an important meeting on tobacco. As far as Pakistan's participation is concerned, it is not feasible due to ongoing tensions," she said.

Friday's development came following a spat between the two countries after a staff member of Pakistan's High Commission in New Delhi was detained by police for questioning over espionage charges.

The tension intensified after tit-for-tat naming of diplomatic staff for alleged spy work by both sides. The latest incident further increased the tension that started with a militant attack on an Indian army camp in Uri in September.

PTI

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