Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari recently visited India, marking the first such visit by a Pakistani foreign minister in 12 years. However, Bilawal’s visit has been met with criticism from Indian media, who claim that he made threats during his address to the press after the SCO-CFM meeting in Goa.
In response to the media’s misreporting and speculations surrounding the visit, Pakistani actor Adnan Siddiqui took to Twitter to share his thoughts on hospitality. He stated that a good host treats their guests with respect and dignity, regardless of political or ideological conflicts. Demeaning a guest serves no productive purpose and only worsens the situation.
During the cultural event prior to the meeting of the Council of Foreign Ministers, Bilawal, and Indian Foreign Minister Jai Shankar interacted, and the atmosphere was described as cordial and positive by a member of the Pakistani delegation. While there was anticipation for a handshake between the two foreign ministers, Jai Shankar greeted them in the traditional Indian style of “Namstay”.
In response to a question about India’s decision to host the G-20 meeting in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), Bilawal condemned the decision and stated that Pakistan would respond in a manner that would be remembered. He also stated that other countries would not compromise on their morals, indicating that India may not achieve 110% attendance at the meeting.
It is essential to remember that hospitality is a fundamental aspect of diplomacy, particularly during official visits. Despite political and ideological differences, treating guests with respect and dignity is crucial in fostering positive relationships and promoting productive discussions. As such, demeaning guests serves no useful purpose and can only serve to further inflame tensions.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s visit to India was an essential step towards fostering positive relationships between the two nations. While there were some misinterpretations and speculations in the media, it is essential to remember the importance of hospitality and respect when dealing with guests, particularly during official visits. By upholding these values, we can hope to promote peaceful relationships and meaningful discussions between nations.