Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism, Imran Khan said in his letter to PM Modi
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking that India and Pakistan resume dialogue that has been suspended since 2015. In the letter addressing the PM as “Modi Sahab”, Imran Khan also suggests a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries.
Pakistan “remains ready” to discuss terrorism, the new Pakistan prime minister wrote.
Referring to PM Modi’s letter after he was sworn in last month, Imran Khan said he endorsed his sentiment that the only way forward for the two nations “lies in constructive engagement”. In his victory speech, the cricketer turned politician had said that Pakistan would respond with two steps if India took one.
Government sources have told NDTV that resumption of dialogue is not on the cards. “Talks and terror can’t go together,” they say, reasserting New Delhi’s stand. However, a meeting between the foreign ministers on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly next week is not ruled out.
This is the second outreach by Imran Khan, who is perceived as a man close to the Pakistan army and whose campaign speeches were full of anti-India rhetoric.
The letter is dated September 14 but its details have emerged a day after a soldier’s throat was slit by Pakistani troops at the International Border, after which the Border Security Force lodged a strong protest with the Pakistan Rangers.
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