Dear Modi Sahab: What Imran Khan said in letter to PM

21 September, 2018, 16:29 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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In the letter dated September 14, Khan wrote that both India and Pakistan owe it to their people to "resolve all outstanding conflicts, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome".

The sources said that the two foreign ministers will meet on lunch in NY.

Rejecting the SAARC suggestion, Mr Kumar said: "We have agreed to their request for a meeting but do not read too much into it".

India and Pakistan foreign ministers will meet next week on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY, the government said on Thursday.

PM Imran in his letter acknowledged that the relations between both the countries face several challenges but that Pakistan is ready for talks on all issues, including terrorism.

In the letter dated September 14, the cricketer-turned-politician, who became the prime minister last month, proposed a meeting between Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in NY this month.

I endorse your sentiment that the only way forward for our two countries lies in "constructive engagement".

He, however, emphasised that the experience that India has had with Pakistan for the last 70 years "shows us that it is what the Pakistani military decides that will determine the prospects for any genuine or lasting peace between our countries". "We await formal response from India", Faisal wrote on Twitter.

In his letter, Khan also said the two countries need to pay "close attention" to resolving the Siachin and Sir Creek issues.

Navjot Sidhu, an Indian cricketer-turned-politician, earlier came under fire after he was filmed hugging Pakistan's army chief at the inauguration ceremony of Prime Minister Imran Khan.

The Trump administration suspended massive aid to Pakistan, which is in the dire need of an International Monetary Fund bailout due to a balance of payment crisis because the quasi-military state has not adequately addressed America's concerns on terrorism. "Talks and terror can't go together", government said, reasserting New Delhi's stand.

Later, Pakistan also issued a clarification saying that his minister never said Indian PM offered a dialogue. "The matter pertains to the Ministry of Finance but we are open", he said.

PM Imran, in his first speech after winning the general election, had said that he was keen to improve relations with India and wanted work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue. There has been no action against the mastermind and executors of the Pathankot, Uri and the subsequent terror attacks.



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