India invites Pakistani Foreign Minister who made controversial remarks on PM Modi!
Pakistan Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif recently said that his country has “learned its lesson from three wars” and “wants to live in peace with India”. A few days later, India sent an invitation to Islamabad to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) foreign ministers’ meeting. This meeting is to be held in Goa. Foreign Minister S. An invitation has been sent by Jaishankar through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to visit Goa for a meeting in the first week of May.
According to the report, this meeting can be held in Goa on 4 and 5 May. Interestingly, if Pakistan accepts the invitation, it would be the first such visit in nearly 12 years. Hina Rabbani Khar was the last Pakistani Foreign Minister to visit India in July 2011.
The SCO includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, apart from India and Pakistan. A similar invitation has been sent to the Foreign Ministers of Central Asian countries as well as to China and Russia. However, India’s invitation to Pakistan’s foreign minister is significant, especially given the rock-bottom level of bilateral relations.
According to the report, a top official said, “In keeping with its ‘neighbourhood first policy’, India aspires to have normal neighborly relations with Pakistan.” India’s consistent position has been that any issue between India and Pakistan should be resolved bilaterally and in a peaceful environment free from terrorism and violence. It is Pakistan’s responsibility to create such a conducive environment.”
“It has been made clear that India will not compromise on issues related to national security and will take strong and decisive steps to counter all attempts to undermine India’s security and territorial integrity,” the official said.
Let us tell you that in the last eight years the relations between India and Pakistan have worsened. In August 2015, India invited Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Sartaj Aziz, but the then External Affairs Minister late Sushma Swaraj asked Aziz to refrain from meeting Hurriyat in India.