Imran offers talks, but Modi should be wary of Pakistan's doublespeak

Cheryl Sanders
September 20, 2018

Addressing media in New Delhi, Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said that the NY schedule is just a meeting and not 'talks or resumption of dialogue'.

In his first address after taking charge of the country, Khan had said his government would work to establish good relations with all the country's neighbours and hold talks to normalise ties. "We are engaged in the matter", he said when asked about reports speculating if both sides have formally approached each other.

Khan said that the two countries should resolve their conflicts, including terrorism and Kashmir, through dialogue. "Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism", Khan wrote in a letter dated September 14.

"India has accepted the Pakistani prime minister's suggestion", the spokesperson added.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in NY later this month, said the Indian Ministry of External Affairs' spokesperson on Thursday. We have also conveyed our position to the worldwide community. The letter is believed to have been written in response to the Indian premier's letter congratulating him for assuming office.

As the China- Pakistan Economic Corridor (CEPEC) makes its way towards the Middle East, the synergy in Pak-Saudi relations makes sense as the economic, strategic and security interests of both nations are conjoined. During the telephonic conversation, Modi expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan and reiterated his vision of peace and development in the region.

Alice Wells, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia. said that the U.S. 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. Inviting the Indian PM to Pakistan, Imran Khan said the summit will offer an "opportunity for you to visit Pakistan and for us to re-start the stalled dialogue process". The minister later said his comments were taken out of context, and Pakistani officials reassured Beijing there would be no delay. But the recent visited helped to restore the confidence between the two countries.

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