PM Khan to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit today

PM Modi's Aircraft Won't Fly Over Pak For Regional Meet SCO In Bishkek

Khan earlier broke the diplomatic protocol at the 14th OIC summit held in Saudi Arabia.

On the invitation of Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, Prime Minister Khan is attending the two day summit.

India had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.

But India Wednesday said it will not use the Pakistani airspace for Prime Minister Modi's flight to Bishkek.

However, there would be no talks between Modi and Khan.

Khan said the emphasis should be on peace and resolving differences through dialogue. "And, yes, it will be an opportunity to speak to the Indian leadership during this SCO conference", he added. Mr Xi also congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his poll victory.

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Cooperation between the two countries, said the Chinese leader, cannot only boost their respective development, but also will contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in Asia and the wider world.

According to another source, a cricket World Cup advertisement by a Pakistani television channel that led to a huge outcry among the Indian fans and resulted in a social media war also played a role in arriving at the decision.

Khan tried engaging Indian PM after coming to power and exchanged messages and letters and even had a telephonic conversation with Modi after August 2018.

Pakistan had strongly denied the accusation, asked India for proofs and reacted robustly to Indian air strike by striking back inside Indian controlled Kashmir. This comes despite the Pakistan Prime Minister writing a letter to Modi recently, saying Islamabad wants dialogue with New Delhi to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries.

As important representatives of developing nations and emerging market economies, China and India, said Xi, need to come together to safeguard free trade and multilateralism, and protect the legitimate development rights of developing countries.

Modi and his party leaders all declared themselves, "Chowkidars" (Guards) of an India threatened by Pakistan, on their twitter handles. Both India and China are major buyers of Iranian oil. Islamabad also captured one of the Indian pilots but later released him to defuse the impending crisis.

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