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Imran, Modi shake hands in Bishkek, confirms Shah Mehmood Qureshi

June 14, 2019

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Pakistani PM Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi shook hands and spoke with each other on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Friday.

In an interview with Independent Urdu, the foreign minister said that PM Khan spoke with PM Modi and felicitated him over BJP’s victory in the Indian elections.

It wasn’t a scheduled meeting. Indian foreign ministry had said last week that no meeting between PM Khan and PM Modi was scheduled on the sidelines of the international summit.

“To the best of my knowledge, no meeting is being arranged between Prime Minister Modi and Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of the SCO meet,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar had said.

This is the first meeting between the two leaders after their countries fought a short three-day war over Kashmir in February when Indian troops were attacked in Pulwama.

Pakistan has long maintained that it wants peace in the region and is ready to resolve all issues through dialogue.

In a letter last week, PM Khan invited PM Modi for talks and said that Pakistan wants to resolve all problems between the two countries, including the Kashmir dispute.

PM Khan said talks between the two countries were the only solution to help both countries’ people overcome poverty.

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    Anonymous   June 15, 2019 12:11 am/ Reply

    The meeting between Modi and Khan (though a formal one), was a great beginning and let’s hope that Pakistan gives assurance of “end to violence” and India softens her stand on “no dialogue”, which should pave way for finding solutions to the obstacles which both the countries face presently. Kashmir will be a tricky problem to handle but a genuine dialogue has an immense power to find solutions to any kind of problem. Travelling between the neighbors should be made simple and straightforward so that people move around freely which should eliminate the veil of doubt. Business should be given chance to flourish between our two peoples because both the sides will be winners. Let’s hope that the leadership on both the sides listens to the sentiments of the people across the borders because they want to live in peace and prosperity.

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