Pakistan: Imran Khan writes to Narendra Modi for talks, says all issues including Kashmir are to be resolved through talks

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday said all issues including Kashmir are to be resolved through talks.

Khan said Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi to solve all issues, including the Kashmir problem. A day earlier India had said there will be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit in Bishkek.

Khan said talks between the two nations were the only solution to help both countries’ people overcome poverty and that it was important to work together for regional development.

Khan said Pakistan desires the resolution of all problems, including that of the Kashmir issue, the report said.

This is the second time after Modi was re-elected that Khan has expressed his desire to work together with India for the progress of their peoples.

On May 26, breaking the ice in bilateral ties, Khan spoke to Modi congratulating him on the massive electoral victory in the general elections and expressing his desire to work with him towards the advancing the objective of peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia.

Modi on his part called for creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism for fostering peace and prosperity in the region.

India has rejected Pakistan’s offer of talks, maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together.

No bilateral meeting has been planned between Prime Minister Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Khan on the sidelines of the SCO Summit in Kyrgyzstan’s capital Bishkek, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday in New Delhi.