Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan seems to be restless nowadays with the firm position taken by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is insisting his Pakistna counterpart to show his sincerity in action against terror networks within his own country. Upset over the Narendra Modi government’s repeated denial to his peace overtures and call for dialogue over the Kashmir issue, in a frustrated mood today called India’s ruling party BJP as ‘anti-Muslim’ and ‘anti-Pakistan’.
Speaking to Washington Post, The cricketer-turned-politician, made these impatient remarks while talking to Washington Post. Khan said that the key reason behind India spurning his gestures was because of the upcoming Lok Sabha 2019 elections.
He added, “India has elections coming up. They rebuffed all my overtures.” In the same interview with the Washington Post, Khan also stated that he “wants something done about the bombers of Mumbai” and called the 26/11 ” an act of terrorism.”
He added that he hopes that India will respond “positively” to Pakistan’s “goodwill gesture” of opening the Kartarpur border for the Sikh pilgrims. “I have opened a visa-free peace corridor with India called Kartarpur [so that Indian Sikhs can visit a holy shrine in Pakistan]. Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India,” Khan said.
Khan’s remarks come after out India ruled out the possibility of holding talks with Pakistan unless it stops cross-border terror activities. Moreover, India for a second time refused Pakistan’s invitation to PM Modi to attend the SAARC Summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad next year, reiterating its stand that terror and talks cannot go hand-in-hand.
Earlier this year in September, a day after India called off foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Khan took to Twitter to express his “disappointment”.
Calling India’s decision “arrogant”, Imran took an indirect dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He had tweeted, “Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.” However, Khan backtracked on his statement recently, saying that the “small men occupying big offices” did not refer to PM Modi.