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Modi, Imran exchanged pleasantries at SCO meet: Pak FM

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Though there was no "structured meeting", and his Pakistani counterpart Khan exchanged pleasantries during the second day of the (SCO) Summit, said Pakistani on Friday.

While talking to Independent, a UK-based news channel, he, however, refused to answer whether Modi had approached Khan or vice versa.

"There was no scheduled structured meeting between two leaders. On the second day of the SCO, but they met, shook hands. They also exchanged pleasantries," he said.

When asked whether Khan had approached Modi, he said: "It isn't necessary who approached whom".

Again pushing for restarting the bilateral talks, the Pak FM said, "I have always said only talks can solve pending contentious issues between Indian and Pakistan".

This comes as Modi made a veiled attack on while addressing the plenary session here on Friday, stating that countries which support and finance terrorism must be held accountable.

Relations between and have deteriorated, especially after the Pulwama terror attack, where lost over 40 CRPF personnel. Pakistan-based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) claimed responsibility for the attack, which saw the entire community throwing its weight behind in its fight against terrorism.

The US, in fact, told to immediately stop providing support and a safe haven to terror groups following the dastardly attack which occurred on February 14 this year.

Following this, India launched a successful diplomatic campaign to get JeM's Pakistan-based chief listed as a global terrorist at the UN Security Council, the proposal of which was launched by USA, and the UK. Azhar was designated as a global terrorist by the UNSC on May 1.

In Bishkek, Khan reiterated the need to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue while talking to Russian news agency on June 13. India, on the other hand, has maintained its stance that Pakistan needed to create a terror-free atmosphere first, conveying the same to Chinese during their bilateral on Thursday.

"He (Modi) has informed the Chinese that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terror and at this stage, we do not see this happening. We expect it to take concrete action," had told reporters during a briefing here on the sidelines of the SCO engagements.

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First Published: Sat, June 15 2019. 01:18 IST