akistan PM Imran Khan to Reach Out to India Again After Lok Sabha Elections 2019 – Hoping to Improve Ties With India, Pak PM to Reach Out Again After 2019 Polls
Islamabad (Pakistan): Hoping to improve ties with India, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that he would reach out to the neighbouring country again after the Lok Sabha Elections 2019. Imran Khan further said that Pakistan had tried to extend friendship to India but didn’t receive a response and would try again to resume efforts to improve bilateral ties.
Pakistan PM’s statement on hopes to resume efforts to improve ties with India have come a day after Imran Khan was slammed for his “the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris” remarks in the backdrop of a blast in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kulgam district which left seven civilians dead. Speaking at an investment conference in Riyadh, he said that peace and security are two things Pakistan needs more than any country in the world.
Imran Khan had on Monday condemned “the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris” in Jammu and Kashmir and said that the solution to the region’s dispute lay in dialogue. “Strongly condemn the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris… by Indian security forces. It is time India realised it must move to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he said in a tweet.
Nearly a month ago, India had called off foreign ministry level talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York citing “brutal” killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian, as well as the release of postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
Announcing the cancellation of dialogue between External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the incidents “exposed” the “true face” of Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan to the world as well as Islamabad’s evil agenda behind the proposal for talks.
The announcements came within 24 hours of India confirmed it would hold a dialogue with Pakistan on the sidelines of UNGA. Noting that two “deeply disturbing” events had taken place since the confirmation of talks, Kumar said, “The latest brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of 20 postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism confirm that Pakistan will not mend its ways.”