The recent Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) conference attended by the Prime Minister at Bishkek, the capital of Kyrgyzstan, dominated headlines mainly because of the cold shoulder given to Pakistan.
By Modi refusing to overfly Pak despite having been given clearance was another message of his unwillingness to engage with them. Prior to the conference, there were umpteen messages floating from Pak to India on re-commencement of dialogue.
They had hoped for a pull-aside between the two leaders, but it failed to occur. Their foreign minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, in his congratulatory message to Jaishankar on being appointed as his counterpart had suggested talks.
He has reiterated this on every occasion and in every forum. He has even stated that the only solution for a lasting peaceis talks. Read More