Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was snubbed at the 19th annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Bishkek as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan took the centre stage with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Media reports has suggested that Prime Minister Imran Khan totally ignored his Indian counterpart and even did not shook hand with Modi.
But later Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Friday (June 14) confirmed that Khan and Modi shook hands and spoke with each other on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit, “I have already stated that there was no structured meeting. Yes the meeting did take place, there was a handshake and exchange of pleasantries,” FM Qureshi said in an exclusive interview with local news channel.
“Pakistan has said what it had to. India has not come out of its election mindset and the extreme position they had taken to influence their constituency and to keep their vote bank intact. It is still confined in that,” said the foreign minister.
“So India has to make this decision, we are neither in haste, nor troubled. When India prepares itself, it would find us prepared, but we will hold talks on the basis of equality, in a dignified manner,” Qureshi said. “Neither we need to run after anyone, nor we need to demonstrate stubbornness. Pakistan’s approach is very realistic and well thought-out.”
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15 July, 2019