Khan also stated that the right wing Indian government had rebuffed his olive branches extended to India because of the Elections 2019 and because BJP is anti-Muslim and Anti-Pak
New Delhi Dec 7: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said in an interview with the Washington Post, Khan that he “wants something done about the bombers of Mumbai” and that the 26/11 was “an act of terrorism.”
Khan also said he is hoping that India will respond “positively” to Pakistan’s “goodwill gesture” of opening the Kartarpur border for the Sikh pilgrims.
“I have opened a visa-free peace corridor with India called Kartarpur [so that Indian Sikhs can visit a holy shrine in Pakistan]. Let’s hope that after the election is over, we can again resume talks with India,” Khan said the “ruling party [in India] is anti-Muslim,” referring obviously to the BJP government.
In an interview with the Washington Post, the Pakistani premier said: “The ruling party [in India] has an anti-Muslim, anti-Pakistan approach.” Khan was answering a question about why his gestures towards India were spurned ever since he came to power four months ago. Khan was quoted by the Washington Post as saying that the main reason for such a reaction from his Indian counterparts was because of the general elections that are due in the country in the coming months. “India has elections coming up. They rebuffed all my overtures,” Khan said.
Earlier this year in September, a day after India called off foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Khan took to Twitter to express his “disappointment”. Imran took an indirect dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi when he 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.”
First published in the Washington Post
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