Amid Shahbaz Sharif’s rhetoric, India invites Bilawal Bhutto for SCO summit

Amid Shahbaz Sharif's rhetoric, India invites Bilawal Bhutto for SCO summit

India is going to organize a meeting of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Goa on 4-5 May. A formal invitation has been sent to all the members of the organization for the meeting in India. Among these members, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto and Pakistan’s Chief Justice Umar Ata Bandial have also been called. Although Pakistan has not yet responded to India’s invitation. Not only this, amidst the ongoing border dispute with China, its new Foreign Minister Qin Gang has also been invited. Pakistan has not participated in the SCO Film Festival to be held in Mumbai later this month, while all countries have sent entries.

Pakistan PM Shahbaz Sharif had said recently that his country has learned its lesson from three wars and wants to live in peace with India. After this, the Ministry of External Affairs had talked about improving relations with India.

The last meeting of SCO was held in Samarkand, Uzbekistan. PM Narendra Modi had come to participate in this meeting. On September 16 last year, India formally took over the presidency of the SCO. After becoming a permanent member of this organization in 2017, India is going to chair the SCO for the first time.

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SCO was formed in 2001 in Shanghai. Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan are its members in SCO. Iran has become its new member. India and Pakistan became its members in 2017.