In an interaction with the representatives of Indian media at PM Office on Thursday, Prime Minister Imran Khan said he had tried to reach out to New Delhi since the day he assumed office but received a “bad response” after which he “decided to wait until after the Indian election for a signal from their side”, The Hindu reported.
The bad response raised to here is when a meeting scheduled between the foreign ministers of the two countries along the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) was called off by New Delhi mentioning “unclean intention.”
— The Hindu (@the_hindu) November 29, 2018
On the day the PTI government accomplished 100 days in power, the best stressed on the country’s commitment to and desire for peace, saying it was not in Pakistan’s interest to let its soil be used for terrorism, according to The Indian Express.
“It is not in our curiosity to allow the use of Pakistan’s territory for terror outside. People in Pakistan want peace with India. The mindset of people here has changed,” the publication described Prime Minister Khan as saying.
His statements come just a day following Indian Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj’s denial to come to the table for dialogue between the two countries at the Saarc platform.
She had brushed off any possibility of enhancement in relations between India and Pakistan, despite the opening of the Kartarpur crossing. “Until and unless Pakistan stops terrorist activities in India, there won’t be dialogue and nor will participate in Saarc conference,” Swaraj had emphasized.
To a question put forth by India Today TV on what actions his government was taking with respect to the chief of the banned Jamaatud Dawa JuD outfit, Hafiz Saeed, deliberated by India to be the mastermind of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks, the premier retold them that there was a legal case against him in Pakistan.
According to NDTV, he said: “There are UN sanctions against Hafiz Saeed. There is already a crackdown on the Jamaatud Dawa chief. These are the issues we have inherited”. PM Khan revealed that his government “cannot be held responsible for the past”.
When it was asked to PM Khan whether there would be a “grand gesture” by Pakistan in dealing with Hafiz Saeed or gangster Dawood Ibrahim, the Prime Minister said that such gestures can be made “only up to a certain point” following which reciprocity must be validated.
“India must respond. we understand till your elections in 6 months but after that, we need a answer,” India Today TV quoted him as having stated.
The premier had made a strong case for the two countries to make perceptible efforts to improve relations following the Kartarpur foundation stone laying ceremony held a day earlier.
“I am declaring today, that our political leaders, our army, and all other institutions are all on the same page. We wish to move ahead, we want a civilized relationship. We have just one problem, ‘Kashmir.’ If a man can walk on the moon, what problems are there that we cannot resolve?” PM asked.
“If India takes one step forward, Pakistan will take two steps forward in friendship,” PM Khan promised.