COLOMBO: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan stated on Wednesday that Kashmir is the one dispute with India and it can solely be resolved through dialogue.
Addressing the Sri Lanka-Pakistan Trade and Investment Conference which he co-chaired along with his counterpart Mahinda Rajapaksa in Colombo, Khan stated that he supplied India a chance to carry peace talks on being elected as prime minister in 2018 however nothing got here to go.
“Our solely dispute is Kashmir and it can solely be resolved through dialogue,” he stated.
Earlier this month, India stated it needs regular neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an setting freed from terror, hostility and violence.
“Immediately once I got here into energy, I approached our neighbour India and defined to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the way in which ahead for the subcontinent is to resolve our variations through dialogue,” Khan stated.
“I did not succeed however I’m optimistic that ultimately sense will prevail. The solely means the subcontinent can deal with poverty is by bettering commerce relations,” he added.
India has stated that the onus is on Pakistan to create an setting freed from terror and hostility.
“Our place is well-known. India needs regular neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an setting freed from terror, hostility and violence,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Anurag Srivastava stated. “The onus is on Pakistan for creating such an setting.”
Ties between India and Pakistan nosedived after a terror assault on the Pathankot Air Force base in 2016 by terror teams primarily based within the neighbouring nation. Subsequent assaults, together with one on Indian Army camp in Uri, additional deteriorated the connection.
The relationship dipped additional after India’s warfare planes pounded a Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist coaching camp deep inside Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terror assault during which 40 CRPF jawans had been killed.
The relations deteriorated after India in August 2019 introduced withdrawing particular powers of Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcation of the state into two union territories.
Khan, who’s the primary head of state to go to Sri Lanka for the reason that Covid-19 pandemic, stated political stability within the area – by sustaining good relations with neighbouring nations – ensured a business-friendly setting that resulted within the folks’s total improvement.
The Sri Lankan Muslim leaders had been allowed to satisfy Khan after the chance was denied to them initially.
Rauff Hakeem, the chief of the principle Muslim get together – Sri Lanka Muslim Congress – stated that they’d a pleasing and fruitful dialogue with Khan. He stated the Pakistani prime minister had expressed confidence within the means of the Muslim leaders to realize communal concord within the island nation.
Khan was below stress from native Muslim leaders to boost the issue of pressured cremations of Muslim Covid-19 victims.
Sri Lanka had adopted a coverage of permitting solely cremations citing well being points regardless of opposition from the Muslim group and worldwide rights teams who had been insisting on respecting the Islamic spiritual ceremony of burials.
Khan congratulated Sri Lanka earlier this month when Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa stated in Parliament that burials can be allowed for Muslim victims of Covid-19. However, the choice is but to be applied.