PDP hopes Narendra Modi will reciprocate dialogue offer made by Imran Khan

Hugh Fox
September 21, 2018

"We, however, owe it to our people, 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", his letter, dated September 14, reads.

Tharoor was responding to a question on whether the election of Khan, a popular cricketer, as Pakistan's Prime Minister would see a "sporting spirit" coming into play between the two countries.

The development came in the backdrop of PM Imran's proposals to his Indian counterpart of a meeting between the respective foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) and for holding the 20th Saarc Summit in Islamabad.

Khan also met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and energy minister Khalid al-Falih as he concluded his two-day visit, the Saudi Press Agency said, amid speculation that he would seek economic assistance from the oil-rich ally.

India has accepted the other proposal as its Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi are expected to meet in NY on September 27. India later launched surgical strikes across the Line of Control to target Pakistani terror camps.

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"We need good relationships with Afghanistan and India too".

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief thanked Prime Minister Modi for his "warm greetings" and best wishes on his assumption of charge as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Khan was accompanied to Jeddah by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Finance Minister Asad Umar, who met his Saudi counterpart Mohammed al-Jadaan.

Sharing intelligence to combat terrorism, strategic working groups have been formed and the two countries have a more inter-dependent security relationship, which remains unaffected by their ties with any other countries.

This week Pakistan said there was no formal communications so far between Islamabad and New Delhi over the opening of Kartarpur Corridor.

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Later, Pakistan also issued a clarification saying that his minister never said Indian PM offered a dialogue.

Sharing his views on Saudi-Yemen relations, the premier said Pakistan wanted to play a "reconciliatory role" in the Muslim world. The rail link facilitates people-to-people to contact which Pakistan believes is essential for improving relations between both the countries.

Khan also raised Siachen and Sir Creek issues in the letter saying that both needed close attention to move towards a resolution.

India and Pakistan have not been engaged in any substantial dialogue since 2015 when Swaraj traveled to Islamabad for Heart of Asia conference.

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