Islamabad will soon announce a new set of dates for hosting the 19th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc) summit, through the chair of Nepal, the Foreign Office said on Friday.

“Accordingly, we have conveyed the same to the Prime Minister of Nepal, the current Chair of Saarc,” FO spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said in a statement.

Zakaria said that India’s decision to derail the Saarc summit effectively contradicts Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call to fight against poverty in the region.

“India’s decision to abstain from the summit on the basis of unfounded assumptions on the Uri incident is a futile effort to divert attention of the world from the atrocities perpetrated by India in occupied Kashmir.”

The spokesperson also said Pakistan attaches great importance to regional cooperation under the Saarc umbrella and it is committed to Saarc objectives for promoting the welfare of people in the South Asian region.

“Pakistan remains committed to hosting the 19th Saarc Summit in Islamabad at the earliest so that the objectives of regional cooperation under the Saarc umbrella can be pursued more vigorously,” said Zakaria.