Pakistani PM asks India for revival of dialogue
September 20 2018 12:49 PM
Imran Khan gives a speech as he declares victory in the general election in Islamabad, Pakistan.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has sent a letter to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi.


Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan is seeking the revival of dialogue with India, the foreign ministry in Islamabad said, a decade after peace talks between the nuclear-armed neighbours were suspended.
Khan sent a letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in response to a communique he received from Modi earlier this month that sought meaningful and constructive engagement between the two countries, the ministry said on Thursday.
"PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments. Let's talk and resolve all issues," Dr Mohammad Faisal, spokesman for the ministry, wrote on Twitter.
"We await formal response from India," he added.
Khan has also called for a meeting between the countries' top diplomats on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month, Pakistani news broadcaster Geo TV reported.
Pakistan's former prime minister Nawaz Sharif initiatied peace talks with Indian premier Inder Kumar Gujral in 1997, but they didn't last long.
Former military ruler Pervez Musharraf restarted the talks in 2004. They were suspended again in 2008 when 166 people were killed in a commando-styled gun-and-bomb attack in the Indian city of Mumbai, allegedly by militants from a group based in Pakistan.
Pakistani and Indian leaders have since tried to revive the talks, but no headway has been made.

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