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Pakistani Prime Minister to Skip SCO Meeting in India | India News

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NEW DELHI: India will host for the first time a meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of Government on Monday with the participation of Prime Ministers from China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan. Another member state, Pakistan, will be represented by its parliamentary foreign affairs secretary.
As TOI first reported on Tuesday, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu, instead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, will chair the meeting. While Modi was expected to chair the meeting, given that India is the host nation, the prime minister will travel to his constituency of Lok Sabha, Varanasi, on Monday, where he is expected to open a highway.
Before the meeting, official sources said that India will continue to play a proactive and constructive role in the regional organization considered vital to promote peace, security and trade. In participating in the recent SCO summit hosted by Russia, Modi had said that the Eurasian forum was being used to raise the Kashmir issue even though the SCO letter did not allow it.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan will avoid attending a meeting hosted by India for the second time this year ostensibly to show solidarity with the Kashmiris after India’s decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. He had previously skipped the Saarc leaders meeting held by Modi to cooperate on Covid-19.
The SCO CHG is primarily concerned with the business and economic agenda of the organization and approves its annual budget.

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