ISLAMABAD: A meeting of National Security Advisers (NSAs) of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) has rejected India’s objections on Pakistan’s new political map.
Special Assistant on National Security Moeed Yusuf represented Pakistan in the online meeting.
India, which was represented by Ajit Doval, had formally raised an objection against Pakistan on the display of the political map.
In its reply, Pakistan highlighted that India under international law has no legal rights to claim the internationally recognised disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir as part of India. Pakistan also categorically rejected Indian assertions that the newly released political map included any part of Indian territory.
Pakistan informed the SCO Secretariat that India’s illegal and unilateral actions in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) were in grave violation of the United Nations (UN) Charter and United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.
Furthermore, Pakistan emphasised that the new political map represented Pakistan’s rights and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. It emphasised that Pakistan retains an abiding commitment to seeking a resolution of Jammu and Kashmir dispute through a free and impartial plebiscite in accordance with the UN Charter and the UNSC resolutions. The SCO agreed to Pakistan’s position.
Dr Yusuf said that Pakistan considers SCO as a vital platform to forge closer ties with regional partners and promote various mechanisms and processes for multi-faceted linkages, connectivity and cooperation among the member states.
He said that the SCO member states can reap benefits of Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Eurasian Economic Union, the two landmark initiatives. “Economic Diplomacy and connectivity are high on the agenda of our government and we stand ready to contribute in trans-regional economic and trade development,” he said.
Dr Yusuf, while talking about Afghan peace process, said that a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is important for peace, stability and connectivity in the region and beyond. In this respect, he welcomed the commencement of Intra-Afghan negotiations.
“Pakistan has long held that there is no military solution to the conflict in Afghanistan and that a negotiated political settlement is the only way forward,” he said. He also said that Afghan stakeholders must seize this historic opportunity and work together to secure inclusive, broad-based and comprehensive political settlement. He assured that Pakistan will continue to play the role of a facilitator in the peace process.
He further said that Afghan people alone have the authority to decide on the future of their country. “No outside actor should be seen as the guarantor of peace in that country. The process must be Afghan-owned and Afghan-led,” he stressed.
Dr Yusuf said that Pakistan shares SCO’s strong opposition to the three evils: terrorism, extremism and separatism. He asserted that Pakistan wishes peace in the region and resolution of all outstanding disputes through peaceful dialogue.