PM Modi, Imran Khan Exchange Pleasantries At SCO Summit: Sources


Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistan’s Imran Khan exchanged pleasantries on Day 2 of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO summit in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, sources said Friday evening.

The pleasantries were “usual” in nature and were exchanged when the two prime ministers were in the Leaders’ Lounge, sources added.

This was the first such interaction between the two leaders amidst the chill in bilateral relations, triggered by the terror attack on a CRPF convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama in February in which 40 soldiers died.

On Thursday, the two leaders had not exchanged pleasantries during the dinner hosted by Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov for the leaders attending the SCO summit.

In a stern message directed at Pakistan, PM Modi on Friday said countries sponsoring, aiding and supporting terrorism must be held accountable. Countries will have to come out of their narrow purview to unite against terrorism to fight it, PM Modi said in the presence of Imran Khan.

During his bilateral meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on Thursday, PM Modi had reiterated India’s stand that Pakistan should take concrete action against terror before talks can resume. China is Pakistan’s “all-weather” ally.