After the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting in India, the debate finally ended when the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India shook hands or simply joined hands and said ‘Namaste’ to each other.
In an interview yesterday, the Indian media asked Pakistani Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto whether he got a chance to shake hands with Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar.
Bilawal replied that in all our informal meetings, we always shake hands. Of course (we also shook hands on this occasion). We spoke to other foreign ministers over dinner, as is the case at such events, (but) we did not have bilateral contacts.
The highlight of the SCO meeting in Goa was that the representatives of Pakistan and India, even though they came so close, did not restore bilateral relations, but they gave each other a good ‘face-to-face reply’ in their own capacity.
Both leaders have ruled out the possibility of talks. According to Bilawal, there is no backdoor communication between Pakistan and India.