National Security Adviser Ajit Doval | File photo: ANI
National Security Adviser Ajit Doval | File photo: ANI
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New Delhi: India’s Ajit Doval Tuesday stormed out of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s virtual meeting of national security advisors after Pakistan showed a “fictitious” map violating the agenda of the gathering.

During the meeting, which was chaired by Russia, Pakistan projected the new political map that the Imran Khan government released on 4 August, claiming all of Jammu and Kashmir and some parts of Gujarat as Pakistani territory.

“The Pakistani NSA deliberately projected a fictitious map that Pakistan has recently been propagating. This was in blatant disregard to the advisory by the host against it and in violation of the norms of the meeting,” said Anurag Srivastava, spokesperson for the Ministry of External Affairs.

“After consultation with the host, the Indian side left the meeting in protest at that juncture. As was to be expected, Pakistan then went on to present a misleading view of this meeting,” Srivastava added.

According to Indian government sources, Nikolai Patrushev, secretary of the National Security Council of Russia, stated that his country “does not support” what Pakistan did, and hoped that its “provocative act will not affect India’s participation in SCO and definitely not cast any shadow on Patrushev’s warm personal relationship for NSA for whom he has the highest regard”.


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What happened at the meeting?

Pakistan used the map as its backdrop during the virtual meeting, which upset NSA Doval. He proposed to leave the meeting, because it depicted “sovereign Indian territories as part of Pakistan”.

Sources said after India issued its “strong objection” to the use of the controversial and “illegal” map by Pakistan, the Russian side, as the chair, tried “very hard” to persuade Pakistan not to do so.

Sources also said Pakistan’s act was a “blatant violation” of the SCO charter, and against all its established norms of safeguarding the sovereignty and territorial integrity of member states.

India and Pakistan both became full-time members of the SCO in 2017.


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  1. Pakistan’s economy is smaller than Tamil Nadu and probably will be smaller than Karnataka and Gujarat soon in 1-2 years.
    Who cares about beggarstan.. let them have fun with IMF and FATF.

  2. Pakistan is Terroristan, a bankrupt nation sponsoring Radical Islamic Terror and Islamic Jihad as formal state policy. India must evolve its own statecraft approach to subdue this illegal support for religious Islamic Jihad.

  3. Inviting Pakistan to the SCO or any other such international forum isn’t itself a travesty….. it’s a a pariah state ruled by the army and fundamentalists, rapidly going to the dogs. I don’t see what Pakistan isn’t expected to contribute other than negative rhetoric.

    As for sovereign Indian territory, well perhaps it’s time we said that ought to include all of Pakistan. Partition was clearly a bad mistake, and Pakistan its becomes an increasingly greater problem for all concerned. It’s time to say – at least as our national policy goal – that we consider it our business to sort the place out as a part of the Indian subcontinent. Not China’s business, nor anyone else’s.

  4. This is what happens…when u let barking dogs keep on barking..and there comes a inflection point that their bark starts effecting…our defensive/offensive policy should be discontinued…and a proactive offensive..policy with a robust defence architecture should be persued…
    But for that our noble PM must believe in the genuine hatred that pak has for us…and genuine jealousy thst china has for us…these 2 countries will NEVER rest in peace till the time they cut us down to size….the past 70 years history is full of instances….of their treachery..and backstabbing…
    But yet we dont UNLEARN from it…and thsts why we are paying a prise for it today…and will do so even tomorow..

  5. India has encroached Kashmir and is trying to prove it as its integral part. Also India has encroached parts of Nepal, Bangladesh and even ladakh, facts should be faced and the disputes should be resolved bilaterally. Walk out is not the solution.

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