Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a swipe at Pakistan at the virtual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on Tuesday, saying it is unlucky that repeated attempts were being made to violate the grouping’s constitution by raising bilateral issues.
Modi also said connectivity initiatives will have to be built around respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of countries, and reiterated that India stood able to help all nations fight the Covid-19 crisis with its vaccine production and distribution capabilities.
The SCO heads of state summit, chaired by Russian President Vladimir Putin, was once held practically owing to the pandemic. It was once the first time that Modi and President Xi Jinping shared the same platform since the India-China standoff along the Line of Actual Keep watch over (LAC) emerged in the open in May.
Modi, who spoke in Hindi, said India believes in peace, security and prosperity, and has all the time objected terror, unlawful arms smuggling, drug trafficking and money laundering, he added. Without naming Pakistan, he said: “It is unlucky that repeated attempts are being made to unnecessarily bring bilateral issues to the SCO agenda, which violate the SCO Constitution and Shanghai Spirit. Such efforts are opposite to the spirit of consensus and cooperation that defines SCO.”
India has reacted sharply to Pakistan’s repeated efforts, steadily with strengthen from its traditional ally China, to bring the Kashmir issue at multilateral bodies such as SCO and the UN Security Council since the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was once scrapped in August final year.
In September, India walked out of a virtual assembly of national security advisers of SCO after the Pakistani representative projected a map that inaccurately depicted the borders of the two countries. Russia, which chaired that assembly, therefore informed India that the Pakistani representative had gone ahead with the action despite being asked not to take action.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who spoke after Modi, criticised India without naming the country. Khan praised China, including for its assistance for tackling the pandemic and its strengthen for the China-Pakistan Economic Hall, which is objected by India as it passes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
Noting that SCO was once established to verify security across Eurasia, Khan said, in an obvious reference to Kashmir: “SCO stands for strict observance of this precept and the principles of the UN constitution such as equality and sovereignty of states, respect for territory integrity, sanctity of borders, non-aggression, non-use of threat of force and people’s correct for self-determination.”
Khan further said “unilateral and unlawful measures to change the status of disputed territories in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions run counter” to SCO’s objectives, and such steps will have to be objected.
Modi said the International North South Transport Hall and Iran’s Chabahar port mirror “India’s strong get to the bottom of towards connectivity”. He added, “India believes that to further deepen connectivity, it will be important to move forward with the core principles of respecting each and every other’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.”