Imran Khan expressed hope Narendra Modi will use his mandate to settle all differences but the two leaders didn’t even greet each other at SCO summit2019

Bishkek: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said his country’s relationship with India is apparently at its lowest point, although he expressed hope that his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi will use his big mandate to settle all differences, including the Kashmir issue.

However, no meeting was held between Narendra Modi and  Imran Khan during the informal dinner hosted by Kyrgyzstan President Sooronbay Jeenbekov for the leaders attending the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek on Thursday. PM Modi and Imran Khan did not even shake hands or exchange pleasantries during the dinner hosted on the sidelines of the two-day summit.

At last year’s SCO summit in China’s Qingdao, PM Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with then Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, amid frosty bilateral relationship between the two sides

Khan and Modi are in the Kyrgyz capital of Bishkek for the two-day Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit.

In an interview to Russian news agency Sputnik before heading to Bishkek, Khan had said the SCO summit afforded him an occasion to speak to the Indian leadership to promote ties between the two neighbours.

Khan had said Pakistan was open for any kind of mediation and seeks peace with India, asserting that the three “small wars” have damaged both the countries that now wrestle with the “greatest amount of poverty”.

“Our main difference with India is Kashmir. And if the heads of the two countries resolve, if two governments decide, this issue can be resolved. But, unfortunately, we have not had much success from India so far,” he said.