A day after India-China bilateral meet, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan held what his government described as 'an extremely cordial meeting' with President of China Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan's Bishkek on Friday. A video of the bilateral tweeted out by the Pakistan government shows selective cuttings of the engagement, focusing primarily on Imran Khan whose body-language leaves a lot of scope to be decoded.
The video begins with Imran Khan and Xi Jinping shaking hands and then both withdrawing from the handshake within seconds.
In the visuals of the bilateral engagement, there are five persons from either side on the table. At the start of the bilateral's visuals, only Imran Khan appears to be talking, with the nine remaining people remaining motionless. Imran Khan appears to use his hands to underscore his words.
The meeting clearly appears to have a serious air about it, with Imran appearing to intermittently read off a paper, then address his counterpart with a flurry of hand gestures. His delegation also maintains grave demeanour.
At one point, he takes off his glasses and gesticulates with them. In the only visual where Imran Khan appears to be the one doing the listening, his nose is visibly flared.
The government of Pakistan stated that the China–Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) remains the 'highest priority' for Pakistan.
In the presence of prominent countries, Pakistan was snubbed at the 19th SCO Summit as Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave a tough talk on terrorism, making evident whom he was talking about despite not naming Pakistan directly, and also maintained a distance from Imran Khan throughout Summit.
At the Summit's Plenary, PM Modi said, "Countries shielding terrorists, encouraging terrorism and providing safe havens to them must be held responsible. In order to curb terrorism, SCO members can use the combined power of all SCO members and march ahead in their fight against terrorism. In order to tackle terrorism, India is proposing an international summit."
On the day of his arrival, PM Modi even held three bilateral talks with prominent regional leaders- China President Xi Jinping, Russia President Vladimir Putin and President of Afghanistan Ashraf Ghani.
Also on the same day, Imran Khan had shown a striking disregard for diplomatic protocol, plonking himself down on his chair even as all others in the room, including world leaders, were either standing or being walked in.
Additionally, Imran Khan was also seen speaking on his microphone as PM Modi was addressing the plenary and making his statement on terrorism.
The Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said 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.
"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.
India had already clarified that there would be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders.