New Delhi-Islamabad embroiled in face-to-face diplomatic confrontation. Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser to India, walked out of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in protest of Pakistan’s presentation of an concocted map.
The meeting was chaired by Nikolai Patrushev, Russia’s envoy. Ajit Doval walked out after registering a protest with him.
Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said, “All the conditions of the SCO meeting have been violated in what Pakistan has done. After that, India came out of the meeting after talking to the entrepreneurs. ”
What is the Shanghai Co-operation Organization?
The Shanghai Cooperation Organization is an alliance of Eurasian states. Initially, the alliance included China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Tajikistan. Later, India and Pakistan joined the SCO.
Now the question is, what has Pakistan done?
The map of Pakistan presented by the Islamabad representative at the SCO meeting shows that they are claiming various parts of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh in India as their own. Not only that, Junagadh in Gujarat is also shown as a part of Pakistan in that map.
According to the diplomatic community, Pakistan has violated all the conditions that foreign policy should abide by in international meetings. Apart from that, the host country of New Delhi has not stopped expressing dissatisfaction over Russia. According to India, the philosophy of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization is that each member state will respect the integrity and sovereignty of the other. The organizers should have understood in advance what Pakistan was going to do at the meeting.
It is learned that Ajit Doval strongly protested at the meeting after the map was displayed. He was practically furious. Sources said Russia had requested Pakistan to withdraw the map. But the Islamabad representative did not care. Doval then left the meeting.
Russia’s National Security Council Secretary Patrushev later said that Pakistan had tried to be very active in today’s meeting. However, he said that even if India walked out, it would not affect their overall participation.
Incidentally, Pakistan released the controversial map last August, the anniversary of the repeal of Article 370 from Kashmir. Even at that time, there were strong protests from Delhi. But it was probably not in the imagination of many that Pakistan would present the concocted map at the international meeting as well.