Corona fear makes Modi rush towards ignored SAARC for cooperation
PESHAWAR: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has to finally come out of his shell of racism and approach SAARC to seek cooperation against coronavirus from the member states including Pakistan which he had been ignoring for last four years.
Modi, who had not mended his ways despite repeated calls by the world leaders to revive the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) to discuss mutual issues including Kashmir, has finally succumbed to the fear of the Covid-19 disease which had hit 149 countries and affected more than 150 people in the region besides killing two – both in India.
The Indian prime minister called a SAARC nation’s video summit on Sunday and invited Pakistan to discuss a roadmap to fight the challenge of COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus. “I am confident that our coming together will lead to effective outcomes and benefit our citizens,” Modi said in a tweet.
India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, the Maldives, Nepal and Sri Lanka are members of SAARC. The regional leaders could not meet since after 2014 in Kathmandu. The next summit was scheduled in Pakistan but it was postponed following tension between India and Pakistan after a terrorist attack on a military camp in Uri.
The Modi’s conference call was being dubbed by the foreign relations experts as the victory of Pakistan’s stance as Prime Minister Imran Khan, from the very first day of coming to power, had been persuading India to come forward and resolve the bilateral issues through dialogue and focus on the uplift of human capital in the region where millions of the people lived below poverty line.
Pakistan agreed to participate in the video summit as Foreign Office spokesperson said, “The threat of Covid-19 requires coordinated efforts at global and regional level. We have communicated that SAPM on Health will be available to participate in the video conference of SAARC member countries on the issue.” - APP