Indo-Pak ties at 'lowest point', but hopeful of Modi: Imran Khan

Bishkek and Indian capital New Delhi on the map. — Google Maps

Bishkek and Indian capital New Delhi on the map. — Google Maps

Prime Minister Imran Khan will also be attending the SCO meeting, but Indian officials said there are no plans for a bilateral meeting between him and Modi. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, both the leaders discussed all aspects of enriching the bilateral relations between two countries.

Pakistan on Wednesday said it will "specially" open its airspace for the flight of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bishkek to attend the SCO summit, even as India decided not to use the Pakistani airspace for the VVIP aircraft.

The Chinese president said the two nations need to constantly broaden the channels for cooperation, conduct cooperation in such areas as investment, industrial capacity and tourism, make a bigger cake of common interests, jointly promote regional inter-connectivity, including the construction of the Bangladesh-China-India-Myanmar Economic Corridor, in a bid to better boost common development.

In July 2015 in Ufa, Russia, the SCO chose to admit India and Pakistan as full members and both the countries officially joined SCO as full members during the Astana Summit in 2017.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not fly over the Pakistani airspace while travelling to Kyrgyzstan capital Bishkek to attend the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit on June 13 and June 14. Political analysts in Islamabad, however, believe that things were not as bad as being projected between Islamabad and Delhi and Khan-Modi accidental meeting was still on cards. "The only difference, if we resolve that there will be peace in the subcontinent, that's Kashmir". However, India claims that only one plane was shot down and made counter claims that its pilots shot down a United States made F-16.

Gokhale said Prime Minister Modi told President Xi that he has made efforts to improve ties with Islamabad but these efforts have been "derailed". It is my belief that the money should be spent on getting people out of poverty.

"I hope we'll soon get together in Japan".

Pakistan has been holding joint military drills with Russian Federation in the last couple of years besides going for defence purchases from it, triggering some concerns in New Delhi.

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