Pakistan boycotts G20 meeting in J&K, reaches out to China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is reaching out to its closest allies in the Group of 20 – China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia – to boycott the G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan asks China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to boycott the G20 meeting in JK,” tweeted WLVN Analysis, Geopolitics, Defense and National Security Think Tank.
According to reports, India is planning to host certain events of the G20 in JK, The Express Tribune reported.
India will assume the presidency of the G20 in December this year.
Minister of Trade and Industry Piyush Goyal was appointed Indian Sherpa to the G20 in September 2021.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, India will hold the G20 presidency from December 1, 2022 and convene the first summit of G20 leaders in 2023.
India’s representation at the G20 summits has been led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014.
The G20 countries include Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, Germany, France, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Turkey, the United States and The United Kingdom.
Pakistan has already rejected the proposed meeting, official sources told The Express Tribune Islamabad would reach out to the G20 countries on the matter.
Sources said Pakistan would particularly approach countries such as China, Turkey and Saudi Arabia to voice their concerns.
Islamabad would also speak with the US, UK and other G20 members to counter Indian plans, The Express Tribune reported.
Recently in March, India hosted a Gulf States investment conference in JK. Entrepreneurs and CEOs from different countries, including Dubai, the UAE and the Netherlands, attended the summit. Delegates from more than 36 countries attended the event.
As part of the four-day program, JK Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha, along with the Chief Secretary, Industries and Commerce and other government officials, presented investment opportunities with an emphasis on entrepreneurship, tourism and hospitality.
An investment proposal of Rs 27,000 crore was approved by the Government of Jammu and Kashmir at the Gulf Investment Summit.
The Gulf states venturing into Jammu and Kashmir is a signal to Pakistan, citing the propaganda that Kashmir is a problem to be solved and Muslim countries must support this argument.