Imran writes letter to Modi, invites India to talks again

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan once again invited his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to the table to resolve outstanding issues.

Islamabad made fresh overtures to New Delhi for peace. Both the prime minister and the foreign minister wrote letters to their counterparts, inviting them to the table for talks.

Diplomatic sources said on Friday that Prime Minister Khan congratulated Modi on his election win and urged him to resolve the Kashmir dispute with talks.

He wrote in the letter that durable peace in the region was necessary for regional progress and development. Khan wrote that mutual respect was imperative for the countries to overcome challenges that they both faced together.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi wrote to his Indian counterpart Subramanyam Jaishankar and congratulated him on becoming the Indian external affairs minister.

Prime Minister Khan congratulated Modi on May 23 after the latter emerged victorious in Indian elections 2019. Khan voiced his desire to work with the Indian premier to bring about peace and prosperity in the region.

Modi replied to Khan and said in his tweet that he had always given primacy to peace in the region.
Tensions between India and Pakistan flared in February when IAF jets intruded into Pakistani airspace and dropped payload in Balakot.

The next day, PAF shot down two IAF fighter jets and captured Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. Pakistan released Abhinandan after holding him captive for two days. Khan termed it a ‘peace gesture’ towards India.