Pakistan ready to host SAARC Summit, India can join virtually: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Monday that his nation was prepared to have the nineteenth SAARC Summit and India can join it virtually if the leadership in New Delhi is not willing to visit Islamabad.

Addressing a public interview to feature the accomplishments of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2021, Qureshi blamed India for making SAARC broken through its willfulness by declining to come to Islamabad for the Summit meeting.

“I repeat the greeting for the nineteenth SAARC culmination. Assuming India isn’t prepared to come to Islamabad, it can join practically… however it ought not prevent others from going to the disputable,” he said.

SAARC — a territorial gathering containing Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka — has not been exceptionally viable beginning around 2016 and its biennial highest points have not occurred since the final remaining one in Kathmandu in 2014.

The 2016 SAARC Summit was initially wanted to be held in Islamabad on November 15-19, 2016. Yet, later a dread assault on an Indian Army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir on September 18 that year, India communicated its failure to take an interest in the culmination because of “winning conditions”.

The highest point was canceled later Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan additionally declined to take part in the Islamabad meet.

Taking note of that there was no adjustment of relations with India in 2021, Qureshi refered to the supposed strength of “Hindutva thinking” in India for undermining the possibilities of good ties between the two nations.

“Sadly, attaches with India in 2021 were frozen. In our view, the capability of provincial participation has been hit by forceful Hindutva conduct as of late,” he said.

He said Pakistan needed quiet binds with every one of its neighbors, including India, however the obligation regarding further developing the relations was on India.

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Qureshi said harmony with India was unrealistic without settling the Kashmir issue.

The two-sided relations crumbled later India pulled out the extraordinary powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the state into two association regions in August, 2019.

India has let Pakistan know that it wants typical friendly relations with Islamabad in a climate liberated from fear, aggression and viciousness.

Qureshi harped finally on Pakistan’s binds with the remainder of the world and finished up by saying that political, financial and conciliatory relations worked on last year with the whole world, including the US, Russia and China.

Qureshi exceptionally referenced that the binds with Bangladesh were improving and Prime Minister Imran Khan has cooperated with his Bangladeshi partner Sheik Hasina.

He said Khan welcomed Hasina to visit Pakistan who additionally welcomed him to visit Bangladesh.

To an inquiry on the announced ‘Cold War’ among China and the United States, he said Pakistan’s strategy was clear and Islamabad won’t turn into a “part of any camp”.

Reacting to one more inquiry on expulsion of fencing by the Taliban powers on the boundary, he said Pakistan did the fencing work and knew about the most recent occurrences (of its evacuation) while adding that “Afghanistan is our companion and we will actually want to determine it.”

Qureshi’s comments on the SAARC Summit came later Pakistan Prime Minister Khan last month communicated trust that his nation would have the much-postponed gathering when the “counterfeit deterrent” made in its direction is eliminated.

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Khan offered the comments during his gathering with Secretary-General of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Esala Ruwan Weerakoon, who paid a graciousness approach the Prime Minister here. PTI


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