Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has rejected the use of a bullet-proof 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 spokesman 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 Co-operation 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.