Pakistan reiterated its proposal to hold dialogue with India to resolve contentious matters, including the Kashmir dispute and terrorism, to restore peace between India and Pakistan.
The offer was made by Pakistan PM Imran Khan in a letter written to Narendra 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 reiterated that the two sides should overcome their differences. In his previous letter, he had agreed to hold talks on the issue of terrorism on India’s demand.
Khan reportedly also emphasised Pakistan’s consistent policy of peaceful neighbourhood and the vision of working for durable peace and stability in South Asia with the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including the Kashmir dispute.
The prime minister also accentuated the need to work together on the basis of mutual respect and trust to address challenges faced by the people of both the countries, including poverty and underdevelopment.
Imran Khan has emphasised the need for advancing the goals of regional peace, progress and prosperity through collective endeavours. On the other hand, the External Affairs Ministry of India announced that there was no bilateral meeting between PM Modi and PM Khan during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).
Both Mr Khan and Mr Modi are scheduled to attend a summit of the regional bloc, which is to take place in Kyrgyzstan on June 13-14. It is expected that the two leaders will come face-to-face and might even have a handshake when the world leaders at the summit gather for a photo session at its conclusion.