Shehbaz Sharif India Visit: Will Shehbaz Sharif come to India? India will send invitation, SCO meeting invitation sent to Bilawal
If Pakistan’s Prime Minister or Foreign Minister decides to attend the meeting in person, it would be the first such visit from Islamabad to India since 2011. Earlier, Pakistan’s then Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar had visited India in 2011. Relations between India and Pakistan were strained after the Balakot airstrike that followed the Pulwama terror attack in February 2019.
India’s invitation to Pakistan is very special
In August 2019, the Government of India abolished Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, after which the trade between the two countries stopped completely. India’s invitation to Pakistan assumes significance considering the all-time low in India-Pakistan bilateral relations. India is currently the chair of the SCO of eight countries. The SCO Foreign Ministers’ meeting is expected to be held in Goa later this year.
Invitation sent to Russia and China as well
The SCO also includes China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. An invitation has been sent by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar through the Indian High Commission in Islamabad to his Pakistani counterpart Bilawal Bhutto Zardari to visit Goa in the first week of May for the meeting. Invitations have also been sent to the Foreign Ministers of China and Russia along with other Central Asian countries.