MEA Maintains Modi-Imran Will Not Come Face To Face In SCO summit
MEA called off meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistan Counterpart Imran Khan in Bishkek, where the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) Summit is being held on June 3th and 14th.
Earlier, Speculation was rife that Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood's visit to India could open a fateful opening despite the fact that Delhi has so far adhered to its firm stance on exchange with Pakistan, where it has kept up that talks and terror can't go together.
However with seven days to go for the SCO summit, the Foreign Ministry spokeperson Raveesh Kumar on Thurday, 6 June, in a briefing informed there was no meeting being arranged.
"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," he said in confirmation.
Pakistan Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood touched base in Delhi Tuesday night for what sources said was a three-day "private visit".
On Wednesday, Mahmood, who was the agent to India till mid-April and whose family is still in Delhi, offered supplications at the Jama Masjid to check Eid. He was joined by Acting High Commissioner Syed Haider Shah and other Pakistan representatives. Sources said Mahmood's family is probably going to come back with him to Pakistan.
In Islamabad, Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Bisaria met Pakistan President Dr Arif Alvi on the event of Eid, where they traded welcome.
"Traded #Eid welcome with President @ArifAlvi in #Islamabad at the beginning of today. The President communicated trust in #peace in our region.@IndiainPakistan," Bisaria tweeted.
The two occasions had raised expectations of a conceivable gathering among Modi and Khan in Bishkek, the Kyrgyz Republic capital. nonetheless, there was no official word from either India or Pakistan on any potential gatherings until now.
The strained relationship between India and Pakistan nosedived after Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF jawans were killed in Feb 14 and Balakot strikes on Jaish-e-Mohammed camps on Feb 26. Although Imran khan had hinted at possibilities of peace talks in a tweet after BJP's lanslide Victory with 303 seats in the Loksabha Elections, all attempts to bring peace between the nations are in vain.
India has been conveying to Pakistan it's redlines that discussions will not go hand in hand with fear or terror, also contending that cross-border terrorism must be stopped for a peace initiative to begin.