India walks out of SCO meet after Pakistan initiatives fictitious map


India on Tuesday walked out of a gathering of the National Security Advisors of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member nations in protest after the Pakistani consultant used a “fictitious” map displaying Indian territories as a part of Pakistan.

“This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting. After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava mentioned.

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The assembly was chaired by Russia. “At the meeting of the National Security Advisers (NSAs) of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), hosted by the Chair of the SCO (Russia), the Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating,” mentioned the MEA Spokesperson.

“As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting,” he mentioned responding to a question on the difficulty.

Pakistan violated the SCO constitution and put up a map displaying Kashmir as its half. India strongly objected to it and Russia tried to dissuade Pakistan but it surely remained unfazed and continued with the map because the background. NSA Ajit Doval took a powerful exception to it and left the SCO NSA digital meet after due “consultation” from the host, Russia.

Government sources mentioned that “Pakistan’s use of a fictitious map as a backdrop” which depicted “sovereign Indian territories as part of Pakistan” is a “blatant violation of the SCO Charter and against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of SCO Member States”.

SCO Charter, Article 2 states, “SCO member States shall adhere to the following principles…” which incorporates “mutual respect of sovereignty… territorial integrity of states and inviolability of state border”.

In truth, Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia Nikolai Patrushev advised Pakistan that it doesn’t assist what Islamabad has carried out and hoped Pakistan’s “provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO and definitely not cast any shadow on Patrushev’s warm personal relationship for NSA for whom he has the highest regard”, sources elaborated.

The map was the identical one issued by Pakistan on the primary anniversary of the removing of particular standing for the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir. India, Pakistan, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan are a part of the SCO grouping. Both Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar visited Moscow in final two weeks to take part in SCO defence and FMs meet respectively.