PM Khan on first foreign visit to KSA arrives in Madina

  • PM Khan on first foreign visit to KSA arrives in Madina

PM Khan on first foreign visit to KSA arrives in Madina

Pakistan Prime Minister and former cricketer Imran Khan has written to PM Narendra Modi seeking to resume peace dialogues between the two nations.

Imran Khan-in his victory speech-had stressed on normal relations between the Himalyan neighbors.

"Pakistan and India have an undeniably challenging relationship", he wrote. "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", Imran Khan said in his letter, accessed by news agency ANI. "We are engaged in the matter", he said when asked about reports speculating if both sides have formally approached each other.

Khan's letter also comes in the middle of disillusionment which had started to set in India in the past few weeks with the Pakistan government.

The Modi government though wants Islamabad to make the atmosphere conducive for any meaningful engagement by acting against terror groups looking to target India from Pakistan soil. Khan specifically wrote to PM Modi with an eagerness to organize a meeting between the two foreign ministers Sushma Swaraj and Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

It was the prime minister's first foreign visit after assuming office. Let's talk and resolve all issues.

Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) spokesperson Mohammed Faisal, confirming "engagement" with India to plan a bilateral meeting between Swaraj and Qureshi, said that no decision has been taken on the issue so far. Several ministers have gone on record saying that they didn't expect things to change under Khan, not least because of his links with the Pakistan army.

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.

Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. said that the USA had sent a two-pronged message to Pakistan: a desire to engage constructively and an emphasis on the need for Pakistan to implement its promises to fight all terrorist groups.

Referring to the long-standing dispute of Kashmir - large parts of which are under Indian occupation - the premier hoped that dialogue between the two countries will also focus on the issue.