New Delhi: Pakistan continued with its cheap attention-drawing ‘antics’ at a virtual Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) NSA meet on Tuesday.
But New Delhi ventilated its anguish with no ambiguity while Russia, who was the host, “does not support what Pakistan has done”.
Indian NSA Ajit Doval a walkout of the meet after Pakistan projected a ‘fictitious’ map claiming Junagadh and Kashmir as part of it’s territory.
“Russia does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that Pakistan’s provocative act will not affect India’s participation in the SCO….,” a key government source said in Delhi.
MEA spokesman Anurag Srivastava said responding to media queries that as expected, Pakistan subsequently “went on to present a misleading view of this meeting”.
“At the meeting of the National Security Advisers (NSAs) of member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), hosted by the Chair of the SCO (Russia), the Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating,” Srivastava said.
“This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host (Russia) against it and in violation of the
norms of the meeting. After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture,” he said. The gory chapter in diplomacy was triggered after the Pakistani representative sat before a “new” political map that showed Kashmir and Junagadh (in Gujarat) as part of its territory.
The government source maintained that the walkout by Doval would “not cast any shadow” on Russian NSA Nikolai Patrushev’s warm personal relationship for his Indian counterpart Doval – “for whom he has the highest regard”.
“Pakistan’s use of a fictitious map as a backdrop for its representative depicting sovereign Indian territories as part of Pakistan is a blatant violation of the SCO Charter and against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of SCO Member States,” the source said.
Sources further disclosed that India issued its “strong objection” to the use of this “illegal map by Pakistan” and the Russian side, “as the Chair, tried very hard to persuade Pakistan not to do so”.
Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Russian Federation has conveyed that he was personally very grateful to NSA Doval for attending the SCO Summit.
Mr Patrushev also exuded hopes that he would see or interact with Doval at the forthcoming events.
It may be mentioned here that Pakistan had released a new map on August 4 – a day before the first anniversary of the scrapping of the Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status. The Modi government had abolished the controversial Act on August 5, 2019.
The doing away of the Article 370 had left Pakistan leaking its wounds as the government measures fighting Pakistan-sponsored terrorism and ensuring developmental works in Jammu and Kashmir region have gone down well with the local population.
Pakistan at present does not have a ‘formally appointed NSA’ and Islamabad is represented in international meetings by Moeed Yusuf, who is an adviser to Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan.
The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), or Shanghai Pact, is a Eurasian political, economic, and security alliance, the creation of which was announced on June 15, 2001 in Shanghai in China by the leaders of China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan.
The SCO later expanded its membership to eight countries when India and Pakistan joined the organisation as full members on June 9, 2017 at a summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.
About the Author:
Nirendra Dev is senior Journalist. He is a longtime northeast watcher and author of books including ‘The Talking Guns: North East India’ and ‘Modi to Moditva: An Uncensored Truth’.