India will not tolerate terrorism from across the border – Dr. S Jaishankar

Goa: India’s External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar addressed the meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in Panaji on Friday. S Jaishankar raised the issue of terrorism in the SCO summit. He made it clear in front of all SCO member countries including Pakistan, China that India will not tolerate terrorism from across the border. He said, we all have to fight terrorism together. Terrorism still could not be defeated. Fighting terrorism is our first priority.

What did External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar say?

“As SCO Chair, we have initiated an unprecedented engagement with SCO Observers and Dialogue Partners by inviting them to participate in over 14 socio-cultural events.”

“Terrorism is not taking the name of stopping. We firmly believe that there can be no justification for terrorism. It must be stopped in all its forms and manifestations, including cross-border terrorism. Countering terrorism is one of the core mandates of the SCO.

Earlier, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar welcomed the Foreign Ministers of Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan for the meeting of the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers in Panaji.

India’s bilateral talks with China-Russia

India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar will also hold bilateral talks with Chinese Foreign Minister Chin Gang and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov in Goa on the sidelines of SCO. It has been clarified from the Indian side that there will be no bilateral talks between India and Pakistan apart from the SCO summit. At the same time, it has also been said from Pakistan side that Bilawal will not hold bilateral talks with the Foreign Minister of India during Bhutto’s visit. However, Bilawal Bhutto can have a meeting with the Foreign Minister of China and Russia outside the SCO. Bilawal can hold a press conference in front of the Indian media in Goa. It is believed that during this time he can chant China.

Pak Foreign Minister on India tour after 12 years

Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto has also reached Goa to participate in the SCO summit. This is the first visit by a foreign minister of Pakistan in 12 years. Earlier, Hina Rabbani had visited India in July 2011 for peace talks. Bilawal Bhutto released a video before his visit. In this he had said that my visit to India gives a message that how much importance Pakistan gives to SCO.

India had sent an invitation

India had sent an invitation to foreign ministers of SCO countries to attend the summit under the protocol. These countries also include Pakistan and China. By the way, after making objectionable statements against PM Narendra Modi, it was believed that Bilawal would not come, although he has decided to attend the summit. Bilawal Zardari Bhutto made controversial remarks on PM Modi during a press conference in New York in December.

What is SCO?

SCO was established on 15 June 2001. It was established with the aim of promoting economic, political and military cooperation among the member countries. Members of the organization include Russia, India, China, Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. SCO meeting is held every year. At present, India is the chairman of SCO.

India-Pakistan relations in bad times

Bilawal Bhutto’s visit to India took place at a time when the relations between the two countries were at their worst. For many years the leaders of India and Pakistan did not even visit each other’s country. Earlier in 2014, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif attended the swearing-in of PM Modi.

After this, in 2015, PM Modi reached Pakistan for the wedding of Nawaz Sharif’s granddaughter Mehrunnisa. Nawaz Sharif’s birthday was also on this day. The PM suddenly reached Pakistan and congratulated him. Bilawal Bhutto, son of the late Prime Minister of Pakistan Benazir Bhutto, welcomed PM Modi on this visit. He tweeted and wrote, ‘Narendra Modi, welcome to Pakistan. The only way to solve the disputed issues is to be constantly connected with each other.

However, after the Pulwama attack in 2019, relations between the two countries deteriorated. After this, after the Balakot Airstrike and then the removal of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the relationship between the two countries reached its worst phase.

Political analyst Prasun Pandey says that the opposition is fighting as seriously in the civic elections as the BJP has insisted on winning. From the head of the government organization to the workers, they are engaged in the elections. Even before the voting for the first phase was over, preparations for the second phase were started. The party will exert full force on the seats in the second phase.

In fact, the seven municipal corporations in which elections are to be held in the second phase. The conditions are slightly different in that. The party had exerted more power on Saharanpur and Moradabad in the first phase. Now in the second phase elections are to be held in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Aligarh, Shahjahanpur, Bareilly, Kanpur Nagar and Ayodhya Municipal Corporation. Here the party will have to tighten the rebels and those who attack inside. The booth president and the state team will have to work hard. Looking at the caste equation, some old people will have to be persuaded. So that he can engage in the election with full enthusiasm. Because only the results of this election will prove the strength of the party in the Lok Sabha elections.

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