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Modi-Imran exchanged ‘usual pleasantries’ during SCO Summit in Bishkek

Modi-Imran exchanged ‘usual pleasantries’ during SCO Summit in Bishkek
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PM Narendra Modi exchanges usual pleasantries with Pakistani Prime Minister, Imran Khan in Leaders’ Lounge at SCO Summit in Bishkek.

Earlier today, in a veiled attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that countries sponsoring, aiding and funding militancy must be held accountable as he called for a global conference to combat the menace.

Confirming the development, Pakistan Foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said both the leaders shook hands with each other. When asked how much they spoke to each other, Qureshi said, “I didn’t have a stopwatch”.

This is the first such interaction between the two Prime Ministers amidst the chill in the bilateral relations, triggered by the attack on a CRPF convoy in Pulwama in February 2019.

Addressing the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, PM Modi highlighted the spirit and ideals of the SCO to strengthen cooperation in the fight against terrorism.

Ties between India and Pakistan got frayed after the 14 February suicide attack in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. India on 26 February claimed to have bombed a militant training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot region. And on 27 February, Pakistan retaliated by targeting military installations in Kashmir.

Pakistan had earlier responded to an Indian request by conveying its decision to give flight clearance for the PM’s flight. However, India decided that PM Modi’s flight for the (SCO) summit will not fly over Pakistani airspace.

PM Modi arrived in the Kyrgyz capital on Thursday for the two-day SCO summit. The SCO is a China-led 8-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017.

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