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Kyrgyzstan’s welcoming gesture towards Pakistan

A video clip of Kyrgyzstani children performing Pakistan's national song 'Ye watan Tumhara Hai' at the opening ceremony of the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation conference is making rounds on the internet. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit is going on in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

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The video clip, of nearly a minute, shows local children singing and performing ‘Ye Watan Tumhara Hai’, originally sung by legendary Pakistani classical singer Mehdi Hassan, while Chinese President Xi Jinping can be seen enjoying the melody and performance of the children.

People on social media praised the welcoming gesture by Kyrgyzstan for celebrating the indigenous culture of the participating states in the conference. It is also important to note the choice of the song by Kyrgyzstan, the title which literally translates to: This is your country.

‘Ye Watan Tumhara Hai’ is a popular national song of Pakistan. The lyrics brim with unconditional love for the country, and can often bring tears to the eyes of patriotic Pakistanis.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Imran Khan is representing Pakistan at the Council of the Head of the States of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation. PM Khan donned Pakistan’s national dress, a black Sherwani, upon his arrival with his team at the capital of Kyrgyzstan.

His counterpart, Mukhammedkalyi Abylgaziev, the Prime Minister of Kyrgyzstan, received PM Khan.

Indian observer Ashok Swain pointed that while all the SCO leaders, including Xi, Putin, and Khan, are staying at the Al Archa Presidential Palace of the Kyrgyz President Sooronbay Jeenbekov, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi is staying at a hotel 30 Kms away in Central Bishkek.

Moreover, pictures of Prime Minister Imran Khan and Russian President Vladimir Putin having conversations throughout the SCO summit are circulating on social media. The same pictures also show PM Narendra Modi, who secured his second term at the office after sweeping general elections, seen sitting at the end of the row.

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