On Thursday, the MEA spokesman had confirmed that Qureshi and Swaraj will meet on the sidelines of the UNGA in NY later this month.
The India Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Friday cited the "brutal killings", as well as Pakistan's reported release of postage stamps glorifying terrorism, as reasons for branding any dialogue "meaningless" and calling the meeting off.
Addressing the media on the latest development, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar confirmed on Thursday that on the request of the Pakistani side, a meeting between EAM Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi will take place on the sidelines of the UNGA at a mutually convenient date and time.
Breaking the ice in ties with Pakistan, India on Thursday agreed for a meeting between Foreign Ministers of the two countries in NY later this month but rejected the request for the holding of a South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) summit in Islamabad, holding that terror and talks can not go together.
BJP spokesperson Bizay Sonkar Shastri said it has been the central government's stand that talks and terror can not go together. "Talks are on to identify the topics of discussion during the meeting", said the spokesperson.
He also called the killing of a Border Security Force (BSF) jawan along the International Border in Jammu a "barbaric incident which defies logic and is against international norms".
India's bilateral trade with Pakistan is minuscule as a share of India's total trade.
India insists Pakistan act against anti-India rebel groups that operate from its soil before it can resume peace talks to resolve long-standing differences over Kashmir and other disputes.
"Time and again we have said that the atmosphere in the region is not conducive for this Summit", Kumar said.
The Express Tribune quoted Qureshi as saying that India has not responded positively to Pakistan's invitation for dialogue.
In the letter to Khan, Modi conveyed India's commitment to pursue "meaningful" and "constructive" engagement with Pakistan and emphasising the need to work for a terror-free South Asia. "In India, there is a government which finds it electorally useful to keep on attacking Pakistan on the issue of terrorism", said Joshi.
India's foreign ministry, however, said the NY meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi did not represent a shift in New Delhi's relations with Islamabad.
India and Pakistan will hold a meeting of their foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly this month, the external affairs ministry said, indicating that New Delhi is open to improving ties under a new leadership in Islamabad.
India retaliated by carrying out "surgical strikes" in September 2016 across the Line of Control (LoC).