India invites SCO members, including Pakistan and China, to a meeting

India invites SCO members, including Pakistan and China, to a meeting

According to official sources, India has invited Pakistan and China to the next SCO (Shanghai Cooperation Convention) foreign ministers' meeting, which is scheduled to take place in Goa in May. Meanwhile, sources in Pakistan have verified that the invitation has been sent to Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, but Islamabad has not yet decided whether to go. According to reports, Qin Gang, China's new foreign minister, has also received an invitation.
India is set to extend invitations to all nations as the SCO host this year, according to reports. The eight-member alliance also consists of Pakistan and China, as well as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.

The invitation to Pakistan was extended immediately after Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, said, "We have learned our lesson."

Last week, Mr. Sharif spoke with Dubai-based Al Arabiya TV and stated, "We've fought three wars with India, and each one has just made things worse for the populace in terms of suffering, deprivation, and unemployment. Given that we can address our real issues, we wish to live in peace with India after learning from our mistakes ".

"Let's get down at the table and have genuine and honest conversations to tackle our hot problems like Kashmir," he had said in reference to the Indian leadership and Prime Minister Modi.

Pakistan was invited by New Delhi to a conference of national security advisers on Afghanistan in Delhi in November 2021.

Islamabad, on the other hand, had declined the invitation, blaming India for interfering in the country's civil conflict. "I'm not going. I won't be going. A saboteur cannot become a mediator, "According to Mr. Yusuf,
Since the terror assault on the Pathankot Air Force installation in 2016, relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated. The tension increased as a result of several assaults, one of which targeted an Indian Army base in Uri.

India has stressed that negotiations and terrorism cannot coexist and that Pakistan must destroy all terrorist bases functioning on its territory.