Islamabad, Sep 20: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, seeking for the resumption of dialogue between New Delhi and Islamabad.
Last month, Modi had written to Khan congratulating him on taking charge as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister.
Responding to this, the Pakistani Minister in September 14 dated letter, said “I endorse your sentiment that the only way forward for our two countries lies in ‘constructive engagement.’ It was in this spirit that Pakistan’s Minister of Law and Information attended the funeral of Mr Atal Bihari Vajpayee in New Delhi”.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. pic.twitter.com/2FZRci3d50
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On India-Pakistan relations, Khan wrote ” 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. Siachin and Sir Creek also need close attention towards resolution”.
“Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism. Discussion on trade, people to people contacts, religious tourism, humanitarian issues are also important”, he added.
The letter also stated “Building on 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, Ms. Sushma Swaraj, before the informal meeting of the SAARC Foreign Ministers at the sidelines of the upcoming UN General Assembly in New York. They can explore the way forward, especially the holding of the SAARC Council of Ministers followed by the SAARC Summit in Islamabad. The summit will offer an opportunity for you to visit Pakistan and for us to restart the stalled dialogue process. I look forward to working with you for the benefit of the people of both our countries.”
The outreach by the cricketer-turned-politician has come ahead of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), which is slated to be held in New York for next week.
The dialogue between the two neighbouring countries remains suspended since 2015 due to incidents of cross-border terrorism and ceasefire violations by the Pakistani troops along the Line of Control and International Border in Jammu and Kashmir.