India Walks Out of SCO Meet after Pakistan Uses ‘Fictitious Map’

Vastavam web: India on Tuesday walked out of a meeting of the national security advisors of the member countries of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in protest after the Pakistani representative used a “fictitious” map showing Indian territories as part of Pakistan. The meeting, which was chaired by Russia, saw National Security Advisor (NSA) Ajit Doval walk out. After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture,” said Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Anurag Srivastava.

Government sources said the Pakistani action was “blatant violation” of the SCO charter and against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of SCO member states. The sources added that India issued its strong objection and the Russian side tried very hard to persuade Pakistan not to use the map. Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary of the National Security Council of Russian Federation, said Moscow does not support what Pakistan has done and hopes that the “provocative act” will not affect India’s participation in the SCO.