India recently announced that a G-20 Tourism Working Group conference would be placed in Srinagar on May 22-24, as well as two meetings of the Y-20 consultative forum on young matters.
Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) raised “deep outrage” on Tuesday, April 11, after India recently modified its G20 calendar to include meetings in Srinagar, Jammu & Kashmir, and Leh, Ladakh.
This year, India took the grouping’s rotating chairmanship. The amended itinerary includes a G-20 Tourism Working Team meeting in Srinagar on May 22-24, as well as two sessions of the Y-20 consultative forum on young matters in Leh and Srinagar.
In response to the development, Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs stated that India’s “irresponsible move” is the “latest in a series of self-serving initiatives to perpetuate its illegal invasion of Jammu and Kashmir in defiance of UN Security Council resolutions and in breach of the UN Charter and international law.”
Pakistan condemned the actions “vehemently,” saying that they “cannot conceal the fact of Jammu and Kashmir being a globally renowned conflict that has remained on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council for over seven decades.”
In addition, the statement decried “India’s harsh oppression” of the region’s population and “illegal measures to modify [its] demographic composition.”
It said that by conducting events in Jammu and Kashmir, India is “again leveraging its membership in an important international organization to pursue its self-serving agenda.”
“For a country with a grandiose view of itself and its role in the world, India has repeatedly proved that it is unable to function as a respectable member of the world community,” Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
As reported by the Pakistani newspaper Dawn, the country’s MFA “warned” G20 countries in June last year against accepting Indian offers to organize meetings in J&K, describing such efforts as the “effort by Delhi to justify its unlawful authority over the contested region.”
Argentina, Brazil, Australia, Canada, France, China, Germany, India, Italy, Indonesia, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States, and the European Union compose the G20. Bangladesh, Egypt, Mauritius, the Netherlands, Nigeria, Oman, and Singapore have all been invited as guests.