Imran Khan Writes To PM Narendra Modi Seeking Resumption Of India-Pakistan Dialogue

Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism, Imran Khan said in his letter to PM Modi

New Delhi: 

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for dialogue to be resumed between India and Pakistan. In the letter, 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”.

The letter comes a day after an Indian jawan’s throat was slit by Pakistani troops on the International Border.

“Pakistan and India have an undeniably challenging relationship. We, however, owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome,” said the cricketer turned politician.

He added that Siachen and Sir Creek also needed close attention to move towards a resolution.

“Building on the mutual desire for peace between our two countries, I wish to propose a meeting between Foreign Minister Makhdoom Shah Mahmood Qureshi and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC foreign ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York,” Imran Khan wrote.

They could explore the way forward, he said, adding that the SAARC Summit in Islamabad “will offer and opportunity for you to visit Pakistan and for us to re-start the stalled dialogue process,” Mr Khan said in the letter to PM Modi.

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