India Storms off SCO Meeting

  • India walked out of a virtual meeting of the SCO National Security Advisors (NSAs) after Pakistan sought to project, as Indian officials described it, a fictitious map showing Indian Territory as its own.
  • Strongly objected to the use of this illegal map by Pakistan.
  • Russia, which chaired the meeting, tried very hard to persuade Pakistan not to display the map and expressed hope this provocative act won’t affect India’s participation in SCO.
  • Pakistan PM Imran Khan had last month issued a new map showing the entire erstwhile state of J&K, now organised into 2 separate union territories, in Pakistan.
  • The map was used as the background image for the meeting by Pakistan.
  • SCO Charter doesn’t allow any country to raise bilateral disputes even as it provides them a platform to build mutual trust.