International Relations

Pakistan once again offers dialogue to India on Kashmir, terrorism

Imran Khan, Prime Minister of Pakistan has written a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and has once again offered talks on contentious issues including Kashmir dispute and terrorism, reported the Dawn. 

The offer was made by Khan in a letter written to Modi to felicitate him on assuming office for a second term after a thumping victory of his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the recent national elections.

In his letter, Khan has emphasised that the two sides should shun their differences. In his previous letter, he had agreed to hold talks on the issue of terrorism on India’s demand.

According to the state-run Radio Pakistan, the prime minister in his letter has underscored Pakistan’s consistent policy of peaceful neighbourhood and the vision of working for durable peace and stability in South Asia with peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Mohammad Faisal while confirming that Khan had sent a fresh letter to Modi reiterated Pakistan’s resolve that Islamabad was ready to hold fresh round of talks with New Delhi, “if India is ready to do so”.

On the other hand, the External Affairs Ministry of India announced that there was no bilateral meeting planned between the prime ministers of Pakistan and India on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) meeting next week.

Both Khan and Modi are scheduled to attend a summit of the regional bloc, which is to take place in Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14.

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