Pakistani citizens praised India for successfully hosting the 18th G20 Leaders’ Summit in New Delhi last week. Heads of states from over 30 countries and delegates of leading international organisations convened at the Bharat Mandapam at Delhi’s Pragati Maidan.
World leaders discussed crucial issues impacting the planet and adopted the New Delhi Declaration by consensus. Pakistanis, according to a report by ANI, felt that India showcased its growth and achievements by hosting the G20 Summit and also paved the way for economic development through the initiatives announced during the summit.
“When heads of the top 20 countries visit a country, it is an honour for that nation. The Indian economy will derive many benefits out of it,” a Karachi resident said.
The neighbours were also conscious of their own economic condition and concerned how Pakistan will lift itself from the several crises that mire it. Pakistan is going through an economic crisis coupled with a political crisis.
A wave of terrorism has also impacted lives and livelihoods in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa region.
“At a time when we are desperately trying to lift our economy from the dumps, India played host to leaders of the 20 major economies of the world. The successful conduct of the global event would have filled the Indians with pride,” another resident said, according to news outlet ANI.
However, a Lahore resident regretted that Bangladesh was invited and felt Pakistan should have at least been invited.
Another resident said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosting several world leaders and his pictures with each one of them allowed India to showcase its achievements as well as potential to the world.
“We all saw pictures from India, of Modi posing with world leaders. They were successful in showcasing India in a positive light before a global audience,” the resident said.
The resident also pointed out that Saudi Arabian Prime Minister Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud chose to prioritise G20 over his Pakistan visit and stayed there for his state visit after the end of G20.
“The ‘Shehzada’ of Saudi Arabia (Crown Prince Salman) didn’t come here (to Pakistan) but went to India for the G20 Summit. This shows the growing importance of India for the world. It was also surprising that Bangladesh was invited but Pakistan wasn’t,’ the resident said.