India-Pak Relations: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will come to India, will attend SCO meeting in Goa

Bilawal Bhutto

India-Pak Relations: Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will visit India in May. He will attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit being held in Goa. According to Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari will lead the Pakistani delegation to the SCO Foreign Ministers (CFM) meeting to be held on May 4-5 in Goa.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said on Thursday that Bilawal Bhutto is attending the SCO-CFM meeting at the invitation of India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar. “Our participation in the meeting reflects Pakistan’s continued commitment to the SCO charter and process, and the importance Pakistan attaches to the region in its foreign policy priorities,” the spokesperson said.

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Pakistan’s foreign minister visits India after 12 years

As per the Business Recorder report, Bilawal will be the first foreign minister to visit India after a gap of nearly 12 years. In 2011, Pakistan’s then Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar visited India. India has formally sent invitations to all members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), including Pakistan and China, for the upcoming foreign ministers’ meeting.

Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov are also likely to attend the meeting. India took over the chairmanship of the 9-member mega grouping in September last year and key ministerial meetings and summits will be held this year.

Indo-Pak relations uncertain over the years on the issue of terrorism

Relations between the two countries have been uncertain over the years regarding issues of cross-border terrorism from Pakistan. There is a constant demand from Pakistan to restore statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and restore Article 370 there.

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Explain that the Shanghai Cooperation Organization includes Russia, India, China, Pakistan and four Central Asian countries – Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Iran is the latest country to become a member and will attend the meeting of the grouping as a full member for the first time under the Indian chairmanship. The last meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, which was attended by PM Modi.

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