Pakistan snubs India over bulletproof car at SAARC summit

Published: November 17, 2014


PHOTO: AFP Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif rejects the use of a bulletproof car provided by rival India. STOCK IMAGE

KATHMANDU: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the use of a bulletproof car provided by rival India for next week’s summit of South Asian leaders in Kathmandu, a Nepalese official said Monday.

Sharif “will be bringing his own car… all other vehicles for (visiting) heads of countries have come from India”, said foreign ministry spokesperson Khaga Nath Adhikari.

Adhikari denied the move was a snub specifically targeted at India, whose tense ties with Pakistan have worsened since October over some of the worst cross-border firing in years.

“It’s not that they have refused to use an Indian car… when the US president travels, he also brings his own car, it’s not an issue,” he told AFP.

The South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit will see the leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, Nepal, India and Pakistan meet in Kathmandu on November 26 and 27.

Recent exchanges of fire across the de facto border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, which both countries administer in part but claim in full, have killed at least 20 civilians and forced thousands to flee their homes.

The nuclear-armed neighbours, who have fought two wars over Muslim-majority Kashmir, have traded blame for the upsurge in firing and shelling which started on October 6.

India called off peace talks in August after Pakistan first consulted Kashmiri separatists, a move some saw as a sign of a tougher stance by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new right-wing government.

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  • Taimoor
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:10PM

    finally something showing Nawaz Sharif has little bit of self-respect left


  • Imran
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:10PM

    Makes sense, India might have bugged those cars with listening devices,so its better to be safe than sorry and not use rival’s provided car.


  • Jat
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:21PM

    Very impressive ! Only two superpowers in the world – USA and Pakistan.


  • sabi
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:22PM

    Why should he accept the offer when his offer for peace talks was rejected in disgraceful manners.Quite reciprocal answer.


  • Sandeep
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:34PM

    It’s not that Pakistan has “snubbed” India. India never offered it to Pakistan in first place – India gave the cars on Nepal’s behest. For whom Nepalese use the cars is their call.

    So in effect Pakistan “snubbed” Nepal – not India.


  • Indian
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:38PM

    Good , I too don’t want sharif to use Indian cars.


  • wb
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:48PM

    Good job.

    India would have definitely bugged the car to eavesdrop.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:56PM

    Before this, NS could not bend more backwards to please India and when it came down to his own security there is no love and trust for India!!


  • Atul ARORA
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:58PM

    I would think it is more of a snub for the organisers – the Govt. of Nepal.

    Does an agency like AFP need to incite/fan India – Pakistan fires to generate its revenue?
    Shame on an international news agency for its 24/7 TV channel behaviour – bold headlines with no substance.


  • Asad
    Nov 17, 2014 - 1:59PM

    Relief ! Finally Pakistan’s foreign policy is out of the reach of Nawaz Sharif. We must shift whole ministry now in Rawalpindi.


  • FZR
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:01PM

    Flush with funds, aren’t we Mr. Prime Minister. A sensible choice. Indians could have installed some listening device to pick up private policy and such discussions among PM and his advisors thus getting an advantage. On the other hand, what I would have done is, Use the car provided by Indians but not talk on sensitive issues inside the car or maybe talk and mislead the listener. I hope the intelligence of pakistani govt also debugs the rooms where the PM will stay, debug all meeting rooms, dont forget under the chairs and tables, dont forget behind the ears. Oops ignore last part of behind the ears, my son is bathing, just telling the kid to wash in all places. So childish and immature.


  • Frank
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:05PM

    This is no ‘snub’ to India. The multi-billionaire Prime Minister of Pakistan sees no reason to borrow a luxury limousine from someone else when he can use his own, paid for by the tax payer of Pakistan.


  • emad Shah
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Maybe nawaz said no because the no. plate of the car read GONGO


  • Jonaid
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Now Pakistani Car will also attend the SAARC meeting along with other delegation members. Even King of Arabs not do this type of profligacy.


  • Pakistani
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:10PM

    Head of states are suppose to travel in at least a B6 Armored vehicle not a bullet proof vehicle.


  • Hyder
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:12PM

    Good work Mr. Sharif. Indians make third class products.


  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:18PM

    Pakistan has this habit of snubbing India
    In 1948, 1965, 1971, 1991…….and now in 2014….


  • lol
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:18PM

    now only if all pakistanis had self respect and took back their so called “actors” who come to bollywood with a begging bowl in hand just because their own industry has failed miserable then that would be really appreciable …… :)


  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:19PM

    ” Pakistan snubs India over bulletproof car at SAARC summit”
    PM Nawaz will ride his ” bullet” bicycle made in China.


  • Ms. Khan
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:19PM

    Ah! So he will use our taxes to “transport his car to Kathmandu”!

    @Makes sense, India might have bugged those cars with listening devices,so its better to be safe than sorry and not use rival’s provided car:
    Yeh right,,,they might have bugged those cars with listening devices, and will get know how he will looting Pakistan and its people…



    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:22PM

    @Imran: Would he atleast use Indian supplied petrol or is he going to bring his own 20 ltr jerry can?


  • ali
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:24PM

    same attitude pakistan should follow that is they never send terrorist to india!!! they use their own land!!!


  • Masked vigilante
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:28PM

    Good, Now all Indians under alias of Ashfaq, Qutbuddin and Nadir will keep justifying that they didn’t get snubbed.


  • Shazia Bangash
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:31PM

    We are boasting about it as if we have re-conquered Kashmir! How pathetic.


  • YAM
    Nov 17, 2014 - 2:43PM

    Snub cost borne by the poor taxpayers of Pakistan. Imbecile!


  • Hedgefunder
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:04PM

    Comparing the Presidency of USA with PMO of Pakistan, is seriously the most idiotic response !
    Does the PM care as to costs of these transportation facilities, which incidentally being beared by the poor Taxpayers of the Country and certainly not from his personal account!


  • Jat
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:25PM

    @Masked vigilante: Now all Indians under alias of Ashfaq, Qutbuddin and Nadir will keep justifying that they didn’t get snubbed

    Who says ? We have been well and truly snubbed.

    And to all those making fun of Nawaz’s ‘badshahat’, wait till he walks all over the place in a padyatra (long march). That will shut up the PTI trolls.


  • Furqan
    Nov 17, 2014 - 3:27PM

    Why doesn’t Mr. PM use a car owned by Pakistani Embassy there instead of bringing his own car or using Indian provided.


  • straightfire
    Nov 17, 2014 - 5:00PM

    Good to know you’re so happy.Recommend

  • Real Truth
    Nov 17, 2014 - 7:36PM

    Reading these comments here, sounds like a few kids are fighting over candies! Very little intelligence, no substance, but a lot of useless bickering, bordering ignorance!!! Given the recent escalation of border clashes, it would be natural that NS would NOT feel comfortable using India-provided car, but that’s NOT the end of the world — both sides should hold their horses, and let some sanity to prevail!


  • sattar rind
    Nov 17, 2014 - 8:07PM

    what nonsense …..


  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    Nov 17, 2014 - 9:08PM

    I think no body was snubbed. If India provide cars to organizers, I am sure there will be some kind of cost associated to it. Now organizers will need one less car from India, and Pakistan is not asking Nepalese to buy a new one for Pakistan King, rather now Pakistani king in addition to shahi cooks, a big delegation of his family etc will also carry his own car bought by Pakistani tax payers. Why not is he less than Obama?


  • Zakir
    Nov 17, 2014 - 9:24PM

    Nothing but respect for NS. True and elected PM:)


  • Haroon
    Nov 17, 2014 - 9:37PM

    Unlike Imran Khan who is working on a foreign agenda, our PM NS is a man of the people by the people for the people. Good decision to snub the Indians, after they waled away from confidence building talks.


  • SKD
    Nov 18, 2014 - 12:56AM

    @wb: If car was bugged than Sharif should have keep mum during car riding.


  • silverfox
    Nov 18, 2014 - 1:11AM

    But his business empire is flourishing in india no qualms thereRecommend

  • Asok
    Nov 18, 2014 - 4:39AM

    What a snub! Please don’t snub us like this any more. We can’t stand it.


  • Shah (Berlin)
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:01PM

    Foreign agenda..nice one…only Nawaz is working for Pakistan..thats why killing innocent protestors and Hijacking plane are all legal and non foreign work….grow up…!!!!


  • Long Standing
    Nov 18, 2014 - 2:08PM

    To all those who think that India may bug Pakistani PMs car…

    I don’t think Indians would bug the car.. why bug a car when you can bug the entire venue/hotel rooms.

    Next.. Pakistan to build its own secure venue and hotel for SAARC.


  • Leela4fun
    Nov 19, 2014 - 12:10AM

    All of you guys missed the point. How can you expect the PM of a country with cutting edge car technology (water kit engine) to ride in a technologically inferior car running on Petrol? That would be an insult to the honour and dignity of Pakistani engineering talent.


  • king
    Nov 19, 2014 - 12:36AM

    A rich PM of a poor country can bring his own car.PM is lucky.people of the nations are not..sorry pakistanis!


  • AVMPolpot
    Nov 19, 2014 - 1:55AM

    NS will alsotake 20 20 IDPs on all his overseas trips
    That will attract more donations for Pakistan….and diffuse criticism of his overseas trips and also provide a nice time to the IDPs.
    Sir pls dont forget it was me who made this election winning suggestion.


  • Diaego
    Nov 19, 2014 - 7:53AM

    In all probablity the hotel he is going to,stay in would be an Indian chain,
    What to,do,about that ?


  • Jamor
    Nov 19, 2014 - 12:38PM

    Sharif will use bullet proof Pakistan manufactured, one and only water car.Saarc nations are going to be astounded at Pakistani high class engineering.


  • Abdul Malik
    Nov 19, 2014 - 2:50PM

    That is why Pakistanis needing medical care, jobs in films and entertainment, sports come to India LOL.Why don’t you pressurise your government to stop ALL Pakistanis from travelling to India ? btw how is the railway engine coming along ?


  • someone
    Nov 19, 2014 - 6:20PM

    @Masked vigilante:
    If you think Indians can’t have those names, then you don’t know anything about India. There are 180 million proud Muslim people in India that may have those names.


  • bahadur khan
    Dec 6, 2014 - 3:10PM

    During kargil war it was claimed by Nawaz Sharif that he was kept in dark. Then it was claimed that the right hand of Nawaz did not know what left hand was doing. Can we have profile of this man, otherwise intrerested in promoting himself and making fortunes along with relative Ishaq dar,Recommend

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