SCO Summit: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday congratulated India on becoming a member of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, reported ANI. “I congratulate India on joining the Shanghai Cooperation Organization,” he said while addressing the leaders at the meet. Sharif highlighted the need of leaving a legacy of peace for future generations. “We must leave a legacy of peace for future generations; not toxic harvest of conflict and animosity. Let’s create shared spaces for all,” he added. Sharif’s statements came after Prime Minister Narendra Modi speech in which he mentioned the need for a co-ordinated effort to tackle terrorism and extremism.
On the second and final day of the six-nations summit, PM Modi said that after 12 years of observership, India will get membership of SCO. PM Modi also thanked all the members for their support in this regard and added that it was impossible to reach a solution till all make concerted efforts, on radicalization, terrorist recruitment, training, financing issues. The Prime Minister also congratulated Kazakhstan President Nazarbayev for successful leadership and excellent organisation of SCO Summit.
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Prime Minister Modi and Nawaz Sharif had reportedly met and exchanged greetings with each other on Thursday night. However, no official talk took place between the two leaders. Responding to this, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party had urged the Prime Minister to maintain distance from the Pak PM.
“I think we should maintain some kind of distance with Pakistan. Be it any kind of meeting, India should act strictly with Pakistan may be only then Pakistan might take a stand against terrorism. Sometimes, being too good backfires so it’s better to keep distance. I think Prime Minister Narendra Modi should, in fact, ignore Nawaz Sharif,” Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal said.