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Russia pulls up Pakistan for diluting SCO spirit through fabricated map at NSA meet

  • September 16, 2020

New Delhi: Pakistan was pulled up by both India and Russia for showcasing map with false territorial claims at SCO NSA meet following which NSA Ajit Doval left the interaction as a mark of protest.

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, according to MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

NSA Ajit Doval walks out of virtual SCO meet after Pakistan projected ‘fictitious’ map



Pakistan NSA sat before a “new” political map that showed Kashmir and Junagadh as part of its territory. Pakistan move would have tacit support from China. ET has learnt that Moscow was upset with Pakistan’s efforts to dilute spirit of SCO and Eurasian architecture.

“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,” Srivastava asserted and added, “As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting.”

SCO charter doesn’t allow any discussion on bilateral matter. Government sources here told ET that 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.

India issued its strong objection to the use of this illegal map by Pakistan, sources said, adding, Russian side, as the Chair, tried very hard to persuade Pakistan not to do so.

Nikolai Patrushev, Russian NSA, has conveyed that he was personally very grateful to NSA for attending the SCO Summit. “Russia does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that Pakistan’s provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO and definitely not cast any shadow on Patrushev’s warm personal relationship for NSA for whom he has the highest regard. Patrushev hopes to see NSA at forthcoming events,” sources said.

Meanwhile in Geneva, UN Human Right Council chief Michelle Bachelet’s observations on Kashmir were rebutted by Indian Permanent Representative Indramani Pandey who asserted that JK residents have been enjoying the same fundamental rights as people in rest of country ever since Article 370 was abrogated.

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