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India, Pakistan take digs at SCO meet; China raises terrorism concerns

By The Week

Pakistan on Monday condemned terrorism in all its forms and cautioned against the recent rise in extremist and racist incidents, inspired by neo-Nazism and Islamophobia, during a high-level virtual meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation hosted by India.

Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs Andleeb Abbas represented Pakistan in the 19th meeting of the Council of Heads of Government of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO-CHG), held via video conference.

She also underscored the imperative of creating a safe and secure neighborhood, while condemning terrorism in the “disputed territories”, in what could be interpreted as an oblique reference towards India and Kashmir.

“Condemning terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, including state terrorism inflicted upon people living under foreign occupation in disputed territories, the Parliamentary Secretary cautioned against the recent rise in extremist and racist incidents, inspired by neo-Nazism and Islamophobia,” she said.

Earlier, in his address, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu said the most important challenge faced by the region is terrorism, particularly cross-border terrorism. “Terrorism is truly the enemy of humanity. It is a scourge we need to collectively combat. We remain concerned about threats emerging from ungoverned spaces and are particularly concerned about states that leverage terrorism as an instrument of state policy,” he said at the virtual meet hosted by India.

“Such an approach is entirely against the spirit and ideals and the charter of the SCO,” Naidu said, without naming Pakistan directly in his address.

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