A ‘bizarre situation’, is the term Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan has used for New Delhi for not being ready for a dialogue with Islamabad. Khan made this comments in his two-day visit to Turkey.
Khan said “We are trying to have a dialogue. Trying to move towards a friendly relationship with India. We had a stand-off with India and India refuses to talk to Pakistan under the pretext that until Pakistan stops terrorism, India will not talk to us. It’s a bizarre situation where we feel how you can move forward if there is no dialogue.”
India had actively tried to draw Pakistan into dialogues but pulled out after a major terror attack on the Indian army base in Pathankot. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his first interview for 2019 had said “whether UPA or NDA, government never opposed dialogue but amid the noise of bombs and guns, the dialogue cannot be heard.”
The Pakistani Prime Minister also said that Pakistan obviously wants stability. Khan “We want economic progress which does not come without stability and stability will only take place when Pakistan and India sit down and resolve the differences.” He also raked up the Kashmir issue. “The problem with Kashmir is that there is an indigenous movement which is sick of three decades of trying to stop popular and democratic movement.”
Meanwhile, India has been voicing its unwillingness to Pakistan having any discussion on Kashmir which it regards as an ‘internal issue’. In July 2018, India turned down Turkey’s offer to mediate with Pakistan on the Kashmir issue. New Delhi held its ground saying Kashmir is an issue related to terror and there could be no justification for terror.