Pakistan became a subject of discussion in the brief bilateral talks held between Prime Minister Modi and China President's Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Sumit in Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek on Thursday.
In a press brief by Foreign Secy Vijay Gokhale following the bilateral talk between the neighbours, Foreign Secy informed that India put forth its position pertaining to Pakistan, and told the Chinese President that there is a need for Pakistan to create an atmosphere 'free to terrorism' fortifying its stand that 'talks and terrorism' don't go parallel.
Gokhale said, "There was a very brief discussion on Pakistan, time was a constraint. Prime Minister, in fact, said that we have a consistent position with respect to Pakistan. We discuss all issues through a bilateral mechanism and we look forward to peaceful settlement through negotiation. We are committed to this process, the Prime Minister recalled that we have made efforts in this regard and these efforts have been derailed."
"The Prime Minister did inform Xi Jinping that Pakistan needs to create an atmosphere free of terrorism and at this stage we did not see that happening yet and therefore we expect Pakistan to take concrete action on the issues that India has proposed," he added.
The Minister of External Affairs last week had confirmed that India and Pakistan will not hold any bilateral talks at the SCO Summit.
On one hand, when PM Modi and Pakistan Imran Khan would come face-to-face at the SCO Summit, Republic learned hours ago that Pakistan has been complicit in the Anantnag terror attack on Wednesday.
While, Al Umar Mujahideen, a small terror outfit based in Pakistan occupied Kashmir claimed responsibility for the terror attack, the agencies contradicting the claim have suspected the role of Pakistan based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) in the attack.
In another attempt to shield terror organisations based in Pakistan, the country reportedly used Al Umar Mujahideen's name as a fig leaf for a terror attack perpetrated by LeT, that martyred 5 CRPF Jawans in South Kashmir.
The Financial Action Task Force (FATF) has notified Pakistan in the 'Grey List' pertaining to their persistent terror funding, including those proscribed in the United Nations including LeT, Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) and Falah-i-Insaniyat.