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‘PM Imran, Modi alternate pleasantries in Bishkek’

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the sidelines of the margins of the summit assembly of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) within the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek, India’s The Print has reported.

Quoting Indian official sources, The Print mentioned that Modi exchanged pleasantries with Imran on the leaders’ lounge on the summit venue. There was no formal assembly or ‘pull-aside’, simply pleasantries exchanged, the sources careworn.

The Print had reported on Could 28 that the 2 leaders have been anticipated to satisfy on the sidelines of the SCO summit and presumably start the method of resuming stalled peace talks.

PM Imran had referred to as Modi on May 26, expressing his need to work collectively. On Could 23, after the Indian parliamentary election outcomes have been introduced, he had tweeted his congratulations to the Indian counterpart.

In the future earlier than the Indian ballot outcomes, Overseas Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi had additionally advised his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj in Bishkek that Pakistan needed peace.

Since coming to energy in 2018, PM Imran has repeatedly voiced Pakistan’s need for peace, however the Modi administration has not reciprocated these peace gestures.

Bilateral relations between Pakistan and India have been bedeviled by unresolved disputes, mutual recrimination and bloody wars.

Tensions between them flared up in February, this yr, when Indian warplanes violated Pakistan’s airspace and dropped bombs triggering a retaliatory strike by Pakistani jets in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

In an ensuing dogfight, two Indian jets have been shot down by Pakistani plane and one pilot was additionally captured who was later handed over to New Delhi as a peace gesture.

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