Imran seeks Swaraj-Qureshi meet in New York

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan started his first initiative towards cordial relations with his neighbour India by urging Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resume talks between two nations. In a letter to Modi, he suggested the foreign ministers of both countries can meet at the sidelines of United National General Assembly in New York, this month-end, as a first step towards improving relations.

The last time both countries had a substantive dialogue was way back in December 2015, when Sushma Swaraj had gone to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference. Then onwards, the relationship has been in downhill after Pak sponsored terrorists attacked army base in Pathankot.

India has reiterated that till Pakistan supports terrorist operating from their country, no constructive dialogue can take place. In the letter, Imran Khan has said that all sticky issues including Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue.

Despite his anti-India rhetoric during the campaign, Imran Khan has made positive noise about trying to better relationship after taking over as PM. His Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has also called for betterment of ties and resumption of dialogue. Narendra Modi in his communication had called for ‘constructive and meaningful’ exchange with Pakistan.

 

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