Pakistan shows fictitious map in the SCO meeting, chaired by Russia
India, on Tuesday, walked out of the meeting of the National Security Advisors of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) member countries in protest, after Pakistan representative presents a fictitious map, showing territories of India as part of Pakistan.
In response to this, External affair Ministry spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said, ""This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host 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."
The meeting was chaired by Russia. Anurag Srivastava went on saying, "As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting." According to government sources, Pakistani action was a "blatant violation" of the SCO charter. It is against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of SCO member states.
Government sources also said that Indian side issued objection in the meeting regarding the use of the illegal map by Pakistan. They also said that, even Russia tried very hard to persuade the Pakistani representative not to do so.
Pakistan was represented at the meet by Moeed W Yusuf, Special Assistant to the prime minister on national security.
According to sources, Nikolai Patrushev, the Secretary of the National Security Council of Russia, conveyed that he was personally very grateful to Indian NSA Ajit Doval for attending the meet. They said Russia does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that Pakistan's "provocative" act will not affect India's participation in SCO and not cast any shadow on Patrushev's warm personal relationship with the Indian NSA for whom he said he has the "highest regard".
Both India and Pakistan are members of the SCO, an influential regional grouping.
The SCO, seen as a counterweight to NATO, has emerged as one of the largest trans-regional international organisations which accounts for almost 44 per cent of the world population stretching from the Arctic Ocean to the Indian Ocean and from the Pacific Ocean to the Baltic Sea.