ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office has informed that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will participate electronically in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit as a result of India’s unjustified decision to switch the summit’s format to a virtual gathering.
The regional summit will take place virtually on July 4 in New Delhi, India, and member nations such as Pakistan, Russia, and China will take part. Russia and China would not have been allowed to attend even if the event had been in person.
The Indian prime minister had sent a formal invitation to Pakistan for the virtual meeting, FO spokesman Mumtaz Zahra Baloch stated in the weekly briefing. She went on to suggest that Pakistan would shortly announce its attendance at the summit.
Baloch referred to a statement made by the foreign minister, emphasising that Pakistan would not negotiate with people responsible for murdering Pakistani civilians and law enforcement officers, when speaking about talks with the Afghan Taliban, who have suggested talks with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to address terrorist activities. She did not offer any additional information, but she did indicate that Pakistan continues to communicate with the Kabul-based interim Afghan government.
In order to combat the threat of terrorism, Pakistan constantly communicates with the interim Afghan administration, according to Baloch, who emphasised the significance of doing so. In order to prevent Afghanistan from becoming a source of terrorism and instability for surrounding nations, she expressed optimism that the promises made in the trilateral result declaration between Pakistan, Afghanistan, and China would be kept.
Additionally, on July 2 and 3, Japan will welcome Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari. He will meet with Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa in Tokyo during his visit for in-depth discussions.