Hoping for renewed talks with India, Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan has written a ‘third’ letter to Indian prime minister Narendra Modi. Khan has offered to work with India for peace and stability in the South Asian region. An official confirmed that Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has also written a letter to the Indian External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
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The official said the letters underscored Pakistan’s consistent policy for peaceful neighborhood and the vision of working for durable peace and stability in South Asia with peaceful resolution of all ‘oustanding issues’, including the sensitive Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) dispute.
“Pakistan also emphasized the need to work together on the basis of mutual respect and trust, to address challenges faced by people of both the countries, including poverty and underdevelopment. The need to advance the goals of regional peace, progress and prosperity through collective endeavors was underscored.”
The Pakistani PM has been very vocal and practical to resume ‘dialogue process’ between the two countries which has been suspended since 2015. However, tensions between nuclear-powered India and Pakistan have been at an all-time high following the Pulwama attack in which 40 soldiers were killed. This was followed by a pre-emptive action in Balakot by the Indian Air Force which nearly turned into a full fledged war.
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PM Modi on his election win had received a congratulatory letter from Khan who had first written to him after wining the Pakistani elections in 2018. However, there has been no response from New Delhi to resume talks with Islamabad.