In a major diplomatic development, Foreign Minister (FM) Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari will be visiting India to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) which is set to take place on May 4-5 in Goa, India, Foreign Office Spokesperson Mumtaz Zahra Baloch has confirmed.

The minister is going to India at the invitation of the country’s External Affairs Minister Dr Subrahmanyam Jaishankar.

Pakistan is currently preparing for the meeting.


It is pertinent to mention that Bilawal’s visit to India will be the first by a Pakistani foreign minister in nearly 12 years. In 2011, the then-top Pakistani diplomat, Hina Rabbani Khar, now Bhutto-Zardari’s deputy in the foreign ministry, visited India.

If Bilawal’s visit goes as per plan, it is likely that Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif will visit India too for the summit, reports Express Tribune.

​Bilawal also attended the last meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers held in July last year in Tashkent.

The SCO is a regional political and security bloc whose members include Russia, China, India and Pakistan.