New Delhi: India has strongly come out against Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan‘s allegations that New Delhi is blocking efforts put in by Islamabad to initiate a dialogue, saying that the neighbour has absolutely taken no steps towards holding conducive talks as it continues to mainstream terror organisations. In this regard, the Indian government has put forth specific instances as evidence.
On December 16-17, 2018, Pakistan Minister of State for Interior Shehryar Afridi reportedly met JuD leader Hafiz Saeed’s representatives in Islamabad. While ‘openly extending’ the government’s support to the organisation, Afridi had promised that Saeed will not be targeted by anybody till PTI party is in power. This was not it as a local PTI leader also inaugurated rescue centres by JuD in November, last year.
Meanwhile in September 2018, Pakistan religious minister Noor-ur-Haq Qadri attended the conference by Difa-e-Pakistan Council on ‘instructions of PM Imran Khan’. At the event, he shared platform with Hafiz Saeed. Reportedly, both made anti-India statements.
India’s bashing comes a few days after Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan claimed that Islamabad is putting in efforts to initiate a dialogue with India but a positive response from New Delhi, on the same, has not yet been received. Terming the situation as ‘bizarre’, he raked up the Kashmir issue and asserted that stability in his country can only be achieved if Pakistan and India sit down and resolve the differences.
In an interview with Turkish news agency TRT World, according to his PTI party, Khan again expressed his desire for talks with India. He said, “Two nuclear armed countries should not even think of a war; not even a Cold War because it could worsen any time. The only way is bilateral talks. Two nuclear armed countries at war is like a suicide.”
In December 2018, sources were quoted as saying by news agency ANI that India’s position on dialogue with its neighbouring country Pakistan will remain the same as terror and talks can’t go hand in hand.
The Indo-Pak ties strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists in 2016 and India’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.