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Modi, Imran exchanged pleasantries at SCO meet

Modi, Imran Khan, sco

Though there was no "structured meeting", Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan exchanged pleasantries during the second day of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit, said Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Friday.

While talking to Independent, a UK-based news channel, he, however, refused to answer whether Modi had approached Khan or vice versa. "There was no scheduled structured meeting between two leaders. On the second day of the SCO, but they met, shook hands. They also exchanged pleasantries," he said.

When asked whether Khan had approached Modi, he said: "It isn't necessary who approached whom". Again pushing for restarting the bilateral talks, the Pak FM said, "I have always said only talks can solve pending contentious issues between Indian and Pakistan". This comes as Modi made a veiled attack on Pakistan while addressing the plenary session here on Friday, stating that countries which support and finance terrorism must be held accountable.

Relations between India and Pakistan have deteriorated, especially after the Pulwama terror attack, where India lost over 40 CRPF personnel. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw the entire world community throwing its weight behind India in its fight against terrorism.

The US, in fact, told Pakistan to immediately stop providing support and a safe haven to terror groups following the dastardly attack which occurred on February 14 this year.ANI

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