The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit 2019 concluded in Bishkek on Friday. The Summit was momentous for Pakistan in a number of important ways.
It was the first time since the Pak-India crises – that almost brought South Asia at the brink of a nuclear conflict – that the heads of states of both the countries came face-to-face.
Although there was no structured meeting between the two, as per a statement made by Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quershi, PM Khan and PM Modi, “…shook hands and exchanged pleasantries” on the sidelines of the SCO Summit.
Prime Minister Imran Khan during his address proposed an eight point framework for Shanghai Cooperation Organisation.
PM Khan’s eight point framework focused on peaceful co-existence between regional players, greater trade and infrastructural connectivity.
Of course, Khan’s favourite topic, i.e. fighting corruption (this time at the regional level) was also part of his proposed framework.
He also talked about creating SCO Centers of Excellence to fight poverty in the region.
And while it’s great how Pakistan pushed home its agenda at the 19th meeting of the SCO Council of Heads of State, there are a couple of videos from the moot that specifically caught our attention!
During a dinner for the participating Heads of States, PM Khan was captured engrossed in a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin. 👇
While PM Khan and President Putin indulged in some informal gup-shup over dinner, it seems Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi felt left out!
Here’s a video of him looking incredibly bored and awkward!
We wonder what the Pakistani Prime Minister and the Russian President were talking about? Hopefully, the Foreign Office will shed some light on this soon!