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Thursday, February 15, 2024

Pakistan to approach G-20 against Indian ambition to hold summit in disputed region

Since the abrogation of article 370, India has tried to project normalcy in the disputed area by hosting gulf investment conference and now with its plans to host G-20 summit in the region.

After India announced its plan to host some events of G-20 summit 2023, in Illegally Occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan has decided to take the matter with G-20 member countries. G-20 is a crucial organisation that brings the world’s leading economies together. India is set to assume the presidency of G-20 coming December.

G-20 brings together 19 of the world’s leading economies and the European Union, with its members accounting for more than 80 percent of global GDP, 75 percent of global trade and 60 percent of the global population, according to the MEA.

G-20 member nations are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Foreign office objected Indian plans on Friday and now sources claim that Pakistan is planning to approach member countries particularly Turkey, China and Saudi Arabia. China and Turkey have supported Pakistan’s position on Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of article 370 in August 2019.

Read more: Analyzing the outcomes of revocation of Article 370 and 35A on IOK

Since then India has tried to project normalcy in the disputed area by hosting gulf investment conference and now with its plans to host G-20 summit in the region. But the situation on ground is still delirious. Since August 2019, mass resistance and armed insurgency have returned and grown in India’s Kashmir Valley, partly in response to the Indian government’s failed strategy.

Foreign Office spokesperson stated “Pakistan completely rejects any such Indian attempt. The world community cannot, under any circumstances, accept the idea of holding any G20-related meetings or events in IIOJK, in complete disregard of the territory’s internationally recognised position as “disputed.”

The spokesperson noted that “It is expected that in case of any such controversial proposal from India, which would be designed to seek international legitimacy for an illegal and tyrannical occupation continuing for over seven decades, the G20 members will be fully cognizant of the imperatives of law and justice and would reject it out-right.”

“The only road to enduring peace in South Asia is by giving the people of the IIOJK their inalienable right to self-determination as promised to them in the relevant UN Security Council resolutions,” he said.