Expressing its “strong indignation” over India’s decision to hold the G20 Tourism Working Group meeting in Srinagar on May 22-24, 2023, Pakistan has said that India is exploiting its membership of an important international grouping to advance its self-serving agenda.
A statement issued by Pakistan’s Foreign Affairs Ministry said, “India’s irresponsible move is the latest in a series of self-serving measures to perpetuate its illegal occupation of Jammu & Kashmir in sheer disregard of the UN Security Council resolutions, and in violation of the principles of the UN Charter and international law. Pakistan vehemently condemns these moves.”
Besides the tourism working group meeting in Srinagar next month, it has also raised objections to the scheduling of two other meetings of a consultative forum on youth affairs (Y20) in Leh and Srinagar, calling them “equally disconcerting”.
It said such events cannot hide the reality of Jammu and Kashmir being an internationally recognized dispute that has remained on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for over seven decades.
The G20 tourism track meeting will be the first major international event to be held in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019. Delegates from G20 member states, guest countries and several international organizations have been invited to participate in the event as part of India’s G20 Presidency.
With its decision to host G-20 events in Kashmir, India is again exploiting its membership of an important international grouping for advancing its self-serving agenda, Pakistan said.