NEW DELHI: Ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Council of Heads of Government meeting, which India plans to host on November 30, the government on Friday held a virtual meeting of the law/justice ministers of SCO member-states that also saw the participation of Pakistan.
India invited Pakistan for the meeting and the latter participated in the event which was addressed by law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The event is seen as a precursor to the heads of government summit for which India will soon be sending out invites, including one to Pakistan PM Imran Khan. Prasad highlighted the initiatives taken by the government for providing affordable and easy access to justice for all.
While maintaining that there could be no bilateral dialogue with Pakistan until the latter put an end to cross-border terrorism, the government also made it clear that it won’t shy away from working together with Pakistan at a multilateral forum like the SCO.
In fact, India had said in January this year that Khan would be invited for the meeting in keeping with the SCO charter. The government had said last month that it is expanding and enriching India’s imprint on the organisation by assuming the chairmanship of the SCO’s Council of Heads of Government later this year.