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Bilawal Bhutto fulfilled Pakistan’s objectives from the India visit: US scholar

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Following Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari’s visit to the Indian city of Goa for the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation’s (SCO) moot, American scholar Michael Kugelman believes that Pakistan “accomplished” what it had set out to achieve. While all of the Indian media was concentrating on Bilawal Bhutto, the top Pakistani diplomat attended the two-day meeting in the coastal city. The foreign minister called for cooperation among the member states in his official speech in response to his Indian counterpart’s repeated call for an end to cross-border terrorism, telling him not to “weaponize terrorism for diplomatic point scoring.” South Asia Institute Director at the Wilson Centre in Washington, D.C., Kugelman tweeted about the events in Goa: “There was much criticism of the Pakistan FM’s visit to India for SCO, but he appears to have achieved what Islamabad sought: Participation in the SCO deliberations, and separate sideline meetings with all SCO members except India. multilateral interaction [with side bilaterals].

‘Pakistan delegation did its job’:

While former foreign secretary Salman Bashir believes that the decision to attend the SCO Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) summit was correct.

“I think we made our point of being present at an important SCO event. The Pakistan delegation did its job and should be returning satisfied,” he told The News.

Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari‘s trip to Goa was primarily to attend the SCO foreign ministers’ meeting, according to former ambassador Javid Husain, who worked in China in the 1980s. During conference discussions, media interviews, and meetings, it allowed our foreign minister to present Pakistan’s viewpoint on issues of security, development, regional connectivity, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, Afghanistan, climate change, Kashmir, and terrorism.

Husain continued, saying Bilawal’s visit “highlighted the high importance attached by Pakistan to the SCO”.

Correct decision:

Salman Zaidi, director of programmes at the Jinnah Institute and an expert on Track 2 diplomacy, concurs with the clarity of vision that motivated Pakistan to attend the SCO summit and says, “Pakistan must never give up platforms to which it is a member, and it is to the credit of our foreign policy establishment that a decision was taken to attend the SCO summit, despite the known challenges.”

The fact that Pakistan was present at the summit is further evidence of the shifting geopolitical landscape, and Pakistan will gain from the visit to Goa in the long run.

A point Salman Zaidi agreed with saying: “Global leaderships are adapting to rapid geopolitical changes. Not only should Pakistan’s presence be marked at such forums, it also stands to gain from diplomatic opportunities to address challenges and leverage its strategic advantages.”

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