Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has called the “ruling party” of India — the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) — “anti-Muslim and anti-Pakistan”.
“The ruling party [of India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach,” said Imran in a recent interview to a top US daily. He said India dismissed his suggestion of peace talks because of upcoming elections. “Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India,” he said.
Speaking about the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Imran said that he also wants something done about the attackers of Mumbai. “I have asked our government to find out the status of the case. Resolving that case is in our interest because it was an act of terrorism,” he told the Washington Post.
Soon after taking charge of Pakistan as its prime minister in August this year, Imran Khan had said that he was ready for peace talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Pakistan had also sent a proposal in September to hold foreign minister-level talks in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. India, however, had accepted and then rejected the proposal within 24 hours blaming Islamabad for killing of a security personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and accusing it of glorifying terrorism.
Calling India’s decision “arrogant”, Imran had tweeted: “Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.”
In a significant move, both India and Pakistan gave the green signal to much-awaited Kartarpur Saheb corridor last month which will connect Darbar Sahib in Pakistan’s Kartarpur with Dera Baba Nanak shrine in India’s Gurdaspur district. Darbar Sahib is the final resting place of Sikh faith’s founder Guru Nanak Dev.
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