Modi Says Pakistan Yet To Take Concrete Action On India’s Concerns And Create An Atmosphere Free Of Terrorism

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Pakistan is yet to take “concrete action” on India’s concerns and create an atmosphere free of terrorism, which is necessary to facilitate any possible engagement between the two sides,

Modi made the remarks when the issue of Pakistan came up during his bilateral meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the margins of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit in the Kyrgyzstan capital of Bishkek.

“The Prime Minister did inform President Xi Jinping that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terrorism and that at this stage, we did not see this as happening as yet, and that, therefore, we expect Pakistan to take concrete action on the issues that India has proposed in the areas of concern that we have flagged to Pakistan,” foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale told a news briefing after the meeting.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan too is in Bishkek for the summit though Indian officials have ruled out the possibility of a bilateral meeting. Modi’s remarks made it clear there is little possibility of an immediate breakthrough in improving relations between the two sides, which nosedived after the suicide attack by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed at Pulwama in Kashmir on February 14.

Reports from Bishkek said Modi and Khan didn’t shake hands or exchange pleasantries at a dinner hosted by the Kyrgyz president and at a concert. At both events, the two leaders were seated a few seats apart.

Modi also told Xi that India has a “consistent position on Pakistan”, which includes discussing all issues through a bilateral mechanism and looking for peaceful settlement through negotiation, Gokhale said.

“We are committed to this process. The Prime Minister recalled that he has made efforts in this regard and these efforts have been derailed,” Gokhale added, an apparent reference to Modi’s efforts to reach out to the Pakistan government in his first term.

 

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