Imran calls for talks in meeting with Indian high commissioner

Expresses ‘grave concern’ over rights situation in Kashmir | Indian envoy raises concerns over cross-border terror

Islamabad, Publish Date: Aug 11 2018 12:10AM | Updated Date: Aug 11 2018 9:39AM
Imran calls for talks in meeting with Indian high commissioner

PM-in-waiting Imran Khan on Friday pushed for the "resumption of talks between Pakistan and India" when the latter's High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria paid him a visit at his Banigala residence.

Bisaria's meeting with the PTI chairman took place in the presence of senior party leaders, including vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, information secretary Fawad Chaudhary.

According to Dawn, after the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan for his party's victory in last month's general elections, his host "expressed his grave concerns on the human rights violations in Kashmir".

"I hope that the Saarc leaders' conference will be held in Islamabad soon," Khan said.

Bisaria, too, hoped that a new chapter in the Pakistan-India relations would soon begin. "The telephonic conversation between Indian PM Narendra Modi and the PTI chairman has given birth to this new hope," he said.

"India is confident that relations with Pakistan will take a turn for the positive."

The high commission also presented to Khan a bat signed by the members of the Indian national cricket team.

In July, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan saying his country was ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan.

A statement issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs from New Delhi said Modi had spoken to Khan and "congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recently conducted general elections."

 "Indian HC Ajay Bisaria called on Mr Imran Khan, Chairperson & senior leadership of PTI. HC congratulated @ImranKhanPTI on his electoral success, discussed range of issues, prospects of India-Pak relationship. HC gifted a cricket bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team," the Indian High Commission here said in a tweet.

"The Indian High Commissioner briefed the PTI leadership on India's concerns about terrorism and cross-border infiltration," the Indian High Commission in Islamabad said in a tweet.

Bisaria also felicitated Khan on behalf of PM Modi and discussed matters of mutual interest.

 The meeting came after Modi on July 30 called and congratulated Khan on his success in the election.

 Earlier, in his victory speech, Khan had also offered to build good ties with India. 

 Meanwhile, PTI leader Faisal Javed Khan announced on Twitter about three former Indian cricketers being invited for the oath-taking ceremony.

 "Cricket legends from India and Kaptaan's (Khan) old friends Kapil Dev, (Navjot) Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar have been invited to attend Oath Taking Ceremony of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan," he said.

 He said Khan will take oath as prime minister on August 18. Dawn/PTI

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