The Prime Minister of Pakistan, who is facing a serious economic crisis, had recently appealed for talks with PM Modi. On Wednesday, India has invited Pakistan to participate in the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting amid continuous appeals from Pakistan to improve relations. This meeting will be held in Goa in the first week of May.
Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has sent an invitation through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to come to India for the SCO meeting. However, it has not yet been confirmed from Pakistan whether Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto will participate in this meeting or not.
According to the Pakistani newspaper Express Tribune, China and Russia are present in the SCO and considering the importance of this forum, Pakistan is less likely to stay away from this meeting.
If Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Chief Justice attend the SCO meeting, then it will be the first visit to India by a top-level representative of Pakistan in the last several years.
However, even if Pakistan participates in the SCO meeting, it is not going to affect the bilateral relations of India and Pakistan much. Yes, it is definitely that because of this meeting, the efforts to start talks between the two countries can be strengthened.
Pakistan, surrounded by economic crisis, was constantly being appealed to start talks with India. Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif while talking to a TV channel said that Pakistan has learned lessons from three wars and wants to live in peace with India.