Prime Minister Narendra Modi has reiterated India’s stand that Pakistan should take concrete action against terror before talks can resume. New Delhi’s views on talks and terror not going hand in hand has gained strength after terror attack in Pulwama and the foreign ministry said PM Modi referred to the matter during his bilateral meet today with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit today.
“Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror, but at this stage we do not see it happening. We expect Islamabad to take concrete action” to resume talks, foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale quoted the Prime Minister as telling President Xi.
China is a strategic ally of Pakistan and is investing considerably in its infrastructure projects. President Xi is expected to meet Pakistan President Imran Khan, who is also attending the SCO summit.
Ahead of the summit, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had written separate letters to their Indian counterparts, pushing for resumption of bilateral talks. After assuming office too, Imran Khan had written to PM Modi, seeking dialogue on all issues, including Kashmir.