At the press conference held by the leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SGO) in Qingdao, China, PM Modi and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain shook hands amidst shaky relationships.
This interaction happened after Chinese president Xi Jinping addressed the media, as China is the hose and chair of the SCO reported PTI. The relationship between India and Pakistan has been rocky ever since the attack on an army camp located in Uri in the year 2016 by ‘Pakistan-based terror organisation.’ It got worse when after the sentencing of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by the military court in April of 2017.
PTI reported that the 19th SAARC, which was boycotted by India after the Uri attack, was cancelled after Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Bhutan ‘declined to participate.’ Not to mention, hostile attitudes were building in the ‘line of control’ in Jammu and Kashmir.
In order to break up the ‘terror infrastructure’ from Islamabad, India has been bringing up the issue of ‘Pakistan-sponsored terrorism’ at forums so as to build pressure on the country reported PTI. While talking about the situation in Afghanistan, PM Modi spoke about the ‘challenge of terrorism and its’ effects’
During his address, Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain seemed optimistic about the general elections in his country and how it would influence the ‘economic stability’ in Pakistan reported PTI.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), opposed by India as it goes through ‘Pakistan occupied Kashmir’ is part of China’s ‘Belt and Road initiative’ and President Hussain says it has boosted Pakistan’s economy.