After handshake with Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain, PM Narendra Modi talks tough on terror and Afghanistan

QUINGDAO: Sharing the dais at the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Sunday shook hands and exchanged pleasantries. The handshake comes at a time of hightened tensions between India and Pakistan along the border.

Soon after, PM Modi in an apparent attack on Pakistan, slammed the attempts being made to "threaten" peace in Afghanistan and appealed for a regional front against terrorism. Modi said the worsening situation in Afghanistan was "an unfortunate example" of terrorism.

Both India and Afghanistan accuse Pakistan of plotting terror attacks in their countries. "All parties in the region should respect the sentiment with which (Afghan) President Ghani has taken courageous steps for peace," Modi said. He added that it was "our common responsibility to ensure that reasons that threaten Afghanistan's sovereignty and security are not repeated".

The relations between India and Pakistan had strained after an attack on an army camp in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir by Pakistan-based terror organisations in 2016. The ties took a severe hit post-sentencing of Indian national Kulbhushan Jadhav by a military court in April last year.

India had also boycotted the 19th SAARC Summit after the Uri attack. The summit was called off after Bangladesh, Bhutan and Afghanistan also declined to participate in the Islamabad ...

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