July 18, 2019 | 1:55 PM IST

Imran Khan writes to PM Modi seeking resumption of peace dialogue

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written a letter to PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of peace dialogue between India and Pakistan at the UN General Assembly meet later this month in New York. Khan also asked PM Modi to give a green signal to a meeting between external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UNGA in New York later this month. Khan wrote the letter in response to Modi’s initiative towards him seeking a ‘meaningful and constructive’ engagement between the 2 countries. This was after Khan said in his victory speech that Pakistan would respond with two steps to any step taken by India for normalisation of ties. The neighbouring nations have not had any substantial dialogues since December 2015 and were discontinued due to Pathankot airbase terror attack in 2016. In his letter, Khan has called to resume the comprehensive bilateral dialogue process to ease tensions between the two neighbouring countries. Earlier this month, Pakistan had also sought US help stating it wanted peace on the eastern border in order to concentrate on the western border with Afghanistan. During the visit of US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Qureshi had raised the issue.

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