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Imran Khan Writes to PM Modi, Says Talks Only Way to Resolve Disputes Between India and Pakistan

Khan wrote the letter a day after India said there will be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek.

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Updated:June 7, 2019, 11:49 PM IST
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Imran Khan Writes to PM Modi, Says Talks Only Way to Resolve Disputes Between India and Pakistan
Khan wrote the letter a day after India said there will be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek.

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan in a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on Friday said Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi to resolve all differences, including on the Kashmir issue, according to a media report, a day after India said there will be no bilateral meeting between the two leaders on the sidelines of the SCO summit in Bishkek next week.

In a letter to Modi congratulating him on his second term as the prime minister of India, 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, the Geo TV reported.

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

Meanwhile, sources in New Delhi confirmed that Khan has sent a letter, but did not clarify when it was received.

Earlier on Friday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also wrote to his new Indian counterpart S Jaishankar, saying that Islamabad wants talks with New Delhi on "all important matters" and remains committed to efforts for establishing peace in the region.

Qureshi wrote the letter to Jaishankar to congratulate him for taking over as the External Affairs Minister.

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

Tensions between the two countries rose after the Pulwama terror attack in February. Both the countries were almost on the brink of a war after the Indian Air Force carried out cross-border strikes at a terrorist training camp in Balakot on February 26, followed by Pakistan carrying out a counter-offensive the next day.

On May 26, breaking the ice in bilateral ties, Khan spoke to Modi and congratulated him on the massive electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections. Khan expressed his desire to work with Modi towards advancing the objectives 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 the two leaders on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan's capital of Bishkek on June 13-14, the External Affairs Ministry said on Thursday in New Delhi.

The SCO is a China-led eight-member security bloc — India and Pakistan were admitted to the grouping in 2017. The other members of the alliance are Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

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