Pakistan will host the SCO summit in October, will PM Modi go to Islamabad to attend it?

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Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesperson said that first of all I would like to clarify that Pakistan has repeatedly said that we are not a part of any group.

Pakistan said on Monday that it will host the SCO Heads of Government meeting in October and invite all heads of government of the grouping’s member states. Foreign Office spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch said at the weekly press briefing that Pakistan, in its capacity as the rotating chairmanship of the SCO Council of Heads of Government (CHG), will host the SCO Heads of Government meeting in October this year. Asked whether Pakistan will invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to attend the summit in Pakistan, Baloch replied that the chairmanship is with Pakistan, so as chair we will invite all heads of government of the SCO member states.

He said the summit will be held in person, and we hope that all SCO members will be represented at the meeting of heads of government in October. He said the October summit will be preceded by a ministerial meeting and several rounds of senior officials’ meetings, focusing on financial, economic, socio-cultural and humanitarian cooperation among SCO member states. Baloch also said Pakistan will not be a part of any bloc in international politics as it believes in having good relations with all countries.

The spokesperson of the Pak Foreign Ministry said that I would first like to clarify that Pakistan has repeatedly stated that we are not part of any bloc. We do not believe in bloc politics. We believe in good relations with all countries based on mutual respect, mutual trust and non-interference in each other’s domestic affairs. She said that Pakistan categorically rejects the baseless claims made about Pakistan in the recent report on religious freedom released by the US State Department and in principle, Pakistan opposes such one-sided reports that make comments on the internal affairs of sovereign states. It said that we believe that international religious freedom cannot be viewed from the social and legal perspective of any one country.

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