Pakistan to stay away from tobacco conference in India

Pakistan will not attend a global tobacco-control conference in India next week, a government minister said on Friday, in the latest fallout of strained diplomatic ties between the South Asian neighbours.

India is hosting the biennial conference of the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), the only global treaty to deter tobacco consumption. Delegates from around 180 countries are expected to attend.

“It’s a very important meeting on tobacco, but our visit doesn’t appear feasible due to on-going tensions,” Saira Afzal Tarar, State Minister of Health Sciences Regulation and Coordination, told Reuters.

India’s foreign ministry could not immediately be reached for comment

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