Indian foreign office officials have confirmed that Prime Minister Imran Khan will be invited in the council of heads of government meeting Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
The Indian External Affairs Ministry (EAM) spokesperson Raveesh Kumar has confirmed the news and said that “India will be hosting the heads of government summit later this year. As per established practice and procedure within SCO, all the eight members, as well as four observer states and other international dialogue partners, will be invited”.
“The meeting is held annually at the prime minister’s level and it discusses the SCO’s program and multilateral economic and trade co-operation,” he added.
The development is noteworthy seeing the tensions between Pakistan and India. The tensions between Pakistan and India are running high since India blamed Pakistan for Pulwama attack which killed over 40 Indian troops. A day after the attack, Indian Air Force carried out failed airstrike in Balakot which damaged nothing but only trees. International media also exposed India badly for making claims of killing of terrorists in Balakot airstrike. In very next day on February 27, India again violated the airspace line, but Pakistan air force in a befitting response, shot down two Indian fighter jets and captured an Indian pilot too.
The fresh escalation witnessed when Narendra Modi led BJP government revoked the article 370 and 35A of Indian Constitution, which granted the special status to Kashmir. Following India’s illegal move, Pakistan cut down all diplomatic, bilateral and trade ties with India.
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