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Pakistan: India invites Pakistan for SCO meet of home, def ministers, NSAs | India News



NEW DELHI: India invited Pakistan for a meeting of the interior ministers and also the defense and NSA ministers during the preparation for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) will probably take place in the first week of July.
The government will also send an invitation letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan soon Shehbaz Sharif for the SCO summit that will probably be attended by the President of Russia Putin and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping. The invitations, as official sources say, are only in line with the SCO Charter and have nothing to do with bilateral relations that remain in limbo.
However, a series of upcoming commitments under the SCO framework, now led by India, could provide an opportunity for both countries to find a way out of the deadlock in their relationship in the form of possible bilateral meetings. happening on the sidelines, although there is no official proposal as to yet.
India and Pakistan launched a comprehensive bilateral dialogue process in December 2015 but that process was derailed by the terrorist attack on Pathankot Air Base. Relations were further damaged by the 2006 Uri attack. Pakistan also recalled its senior commissioner after India revoked J&K’s special status in 2019.
While terrorist attacks have paid off in Saarc summit progress, India has sought to protect its SCO commitments from erratic swings in the bilateral relationship, a sign for see how important this country is to the organization. India continues to see Pakistan as the epicenter of terrorism, but the government not only invited Pakistan to participate in counter-terrorism exercises but also sent a delegation to participate in similar exercises in Pakistan within the framework of the SCO. .
Official sources say there is no suggestion of a bilateral meeting with any Pakistani leader on the sidelines. What happens in the end will also depend on how Pakistan responds to the invitation sent by India, and indeed for all the other members of the security-oriented Eurasian group working to ensure a peaceful, stable and economically prosperous Afghanistan, free from terrorism. and extremism.
Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto has so far not confirmed the participation of the SCO foreign ministers meeting in Goa in May. There is speculation that Islamabad may send deputy minister Hina Rabbani Khar to the meeting. Pakistan took part almost exclusively in this week’s meeting of SCO judges.

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