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Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif may not hold bilateral meeting with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, though they will be in New York next week for the UN General Assembly, a media report said on Tuesday.

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A bilateral meeting between the two leaders “is not on the cards”, diplomatic sources told Dawn in Washington.

When asked at a recent briefing if Washington would try to persuade Sharif and Modi to meet in New York next week, US State Department spokesman John Kirby said: “These are issues for the two to resolve together, and that’s what we continue to encourage, a resumption of dialogue between the leaders of both India and Pakistan.”

Diplomatic sources informed Dawn that despite its reluctance to get publicly involved in India-Pakistan disputes, the US was “actively involved” in reducing tensions between the two neighbours.

The media report cited sources as saying that the US and other permanent members of the UN Security Council are urging both Indian and Pakistani leaders not to be confrontational in their addresses at the General Assembly.

India doesn’t want Pakistan to raise the Kashmir issue, but there is an understanding in Washington that no Pakistani leader can afford to do so.

“Kashmir is very important. It has to be discussed,” said a senior Pakistani diplomat when asked if Sharif would raise the Kashmir issue in his address.

Pakistan is likely to raise the Kashmir issue “more forcefully than ever before in the recent past”, a diplomatic source was quoted as saying.

(IANS)

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Indians with economic means to financially support one poor family till the coronavirus outbreak continues. Wikimedia Commons

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged Indians with economic means to financially support one poor family till the coronavirus outbreak continues. This is the latest news in India.

“It has been brought to my attention that some people are campaigning to honour Modi by standing for 5 minutes. At first glance, it seems like a scandal to drag Modi into dispute,” PM tweeted.

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This is not the first time Narendra Modi urged people to help the needy and deprived in this hour of crisis. India is amid a 21-day shutdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Wikimedia Commons

Then he went on to add, “Maybe it is someone’s goodwill, yet I insist that if you really have so much love and want to honour Modi, then take the responsibility of a poor family, at least as long as the corona virus crisis is there. There can be no greater honour for me than this.”

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This is not the first time he urged people to help the needy and deprived in this hour of crisis. India is amid a 21-day shutdown to contain the spread of Coronavirus. (IANS)