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WATCH Pakistani PM Imran Khan Break Diplomatic Protocol at SCO Summit

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Deanna Wagner | 14 June, 2019, 12:56

In a big surprise meant to be a curt veiled message to Pakistan, the special Air India flight with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on board will now avoid Pakistani airspace en route to Bishkek in Kyrgyzstan.

President Xi acknowledged Pakistan's counter-terrorism efforts and its efforts to promote regional stability.

The summit held in Bishkek is being attended by SCO member countries.

Highlighting the achievements of Pakistan against the war on terror, he said: "our country is a part of the anti-terrorism program of the SCO".

Last month, Pakistan had given special permission to the then external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj to fly through Pakistani airspace while travelling to Bishkek to attend a meeting of SCO foreign ministers.

Khan has twice written to Prime Minister Modi, seeking resumption of dialogue on all issues, including on Kashmir.

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Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters that no "bilateral meeting" between the two was being planned. "For the first time in ages, we are seeing the advent of a multi-polar global order", the prime minister said, adding, "There are increasing barriers to open trade and innovation". In subsequent aerial dogfight Pakistan Air-Force (PAF) downed two Indian fighter planes (A Mig-21 and SU-27) and captured an Indian pilot of Mig-21.

It was also decided that Pakistan and Kyrgyzstan must enhance people-to-people contact and boost tourism through visa-friendly regimes. The two world leaders also discussed a full spectrum of bilateral relations and vowed to work together to improve the economic and cultural ties.

PM Imran extended an invitation to the Kyrgyz President to visit Pakistan.

The PM was received by Kyrgyzstan Prime Minister Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, and Kyrgyz Minister for Health Kosmosbek Sarievich Cholponbaev.

After the summit in Kyrgyzstan, Putin, Xi, Central Asian leaders, and top officials from dozens of other countries will convene on June 15 in neighboring Tajikistan's capital, Dushanbe, for the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

It is expected that a number of decisions will be approved by the leaders attending the meeting, besides signing of agreements to intensify cooperation in diverse fields. The SCO is a China-led eight-member economic and security bloc with India and Pakistan being admitted to the grouping in 2017.