Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Indo-Pak ties at 'lowest point', but hopeful of Modi: Imran Khan

Indo-Pak ties at 'lowest point', but hopeful of Modi: Imran Khan

In a big surprise meant to be a curt veiled message to Pakistan, the special Air India flight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on board will now avoid Pakistani airspace en route to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

Chinese President Xi Jinping said here Thursday that Beijing is ready to join New Delhi in pushing forward a closer development partnership between the two sides.

There was no interaction between PM Modi and Khan on the first day of the SCO meet in Kyrgyzstan.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday reiterated the need to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue, which, he said, is the only way to sort out differences, amid spiralling tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

The Parliament session of the Modi 2.0 government will begin next week and the state ministers will have a key role to play in handling parliamentary questions that are tabled on the floor of the House.

Moreover, Modi's chartered plane did not take the Pakistani air space for flying to Bishkek and instead flew via the circuitous route through Oman and Iran. "I already met the prime minister of Russian Federation in China on my first visit", Sputnik News had quoted PM Imran as saying.

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Prime Minister Modi also called on the SCO member states to cooperate under the SCO Regional Anti-Terrorist Structure (RATS) against terrorism.

Even as India declared yet again that Pakistan had failed to create the right conditions for a dialogue between the two countries, Pakistan PM Imran Khan reiterated his stance of a dialogue with New Delhi, saying his country hopes to spend more on human development than on purchasing arms.

Prime Minister Imran Khan in a meeting with Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, both the leaders discussed all aspects of enriching the bilateral relations between two countries.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Special Assistant to PM on Youth Affairs Mohammad Usman Dar are accompanying the premier on this trip. He was received by Kyrgyz Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev at the Manas International Airport, Bishkek. There were also reports that the Pakistan government had agreed "in principle" to grant such permission.

Briefing the reporters after the meeting, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said that there was a brief discussion on Pakistan during the talks between the two leaders. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc.

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