Following the appeal of Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, India has invited Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Chief Justice to visit India for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting.
An invitation will also be sent to the Prime Minister of Pakistan Shahbaz Sharif to attend this conference to be held in Goa in May 2023.
India is presiding over the Shanghai Cooperation Organization this year. The invitation of the chairman country is considered a regular routine. But inviting Pakistan also matters because the relations between the two countries are going very badly.
The Prime Minister of Pakistan, who is facing the crisis of inflation and cash, recently appealed to PM Modi for talks. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday sent an invitation to Pakistan’s Foreign Minister and Chief Justice of Pakistan to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit after repeated appeals from Pakistan to improve relations with India.
According to official information, the invitation for the SCO summit meeting has been given by the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to the Pakistani Foreign Ministry. However, it is still not clear whether Pakistan will accept the invitation or not.
Pakistan’s top leader will visit India after a decade
The invitation to the country chairing the SCO summit is considered a regular routine. But inviting Pakistan also matters because the relations between the two countries are going very badly.
If Pakistan accepts the invitation, it will be the first visit to India by a top Pakistani leader after a decade. Earlier, Pakistan’s former Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had last visited India in July 2011.
Shahbaz Sharif appealed to PM Modi
Recently, in an interview given to ‘Al Arabiya’ channel, Prime Minister of Pakistan Shehbaz Sharif appealed for talks with PM Modi. During the interview, Shahbaz Sharif had said, “We have learned our lessons from the three wars with India. Now we want to live in peace. We are neighboring countries of each other and both have to live with each other. Plus the war has only brought more misery, poverty and unemployment to the people of Pakistan.”
In response to this, the Indian Foreign Ministry had said that India expects good neighborly relations with Pakistan. But before that Pakistan should create an atmosphere free of terrorism and violence.