PM Imran Khan returns after visit to Saudi Arabia, UAE

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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has written to PM Narendra Modi seeking resumption of dialogue between the two countries.

"Pakistan and India have an undeniably challenging relationship", he wrote. After becoming the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan, in his first speech, had said that he will try his best to resolve the issues with India.

The joint statement issued then said that foreign secretaries should work out the modalities and schedule of the meetings under the comprehensive dialogue on issues including "Peace and Security, CBMs, Jammu & Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek, Wullar Barrage/Tulbul Navigation Project, Economic and Commercial Cooperation, Counter-Terrorism, Narcotics Control, Humanitarian Issues, People to People exchanges and religious tourism".

Pakistan remains ready to discuss terrorism, he added.

Mr Khan and his delegation prayed inside the Kabaa and a large number of Pakistani nationals living in the country congregated outside the holy site to see the new prime minister. In the letter, Imran Khan has said that all sticky issues including Kashmir can be resolved through dialogue.

Pakistan's FM tweeted that awaited India's "formal response".


Khan's letter comes a month after Modi own letter on 20 August in which the prime minister said that India was committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan.

The Pakistan prime minister's communication comes amid the Kartarpur corridor issue and speculations regarding whether Swaraj and Qureshi will meet on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in NY later this month.

The Modi government though wants Islamabad to make the atmosphere conducive for any meaningful engagement by acting against terror groups looking to target India from Pakistan soil.

I endorse your sentiment that the only way forward for our two countries lies in "constructive engagement".

"We.owe it to our peoples, especially the future generations, to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, including the Jammu & Kashmir dispute, to bridge differences and achieve a mutually beneficial outcome".

The last time both countries had a substantive dialogue was way back in December 2015, when Sushma Swaraj had gone to Pakistan to attend the Heart of Asia conference. However, India had denied Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi's claims. "The summit will offer an opportunity for you to visit Pakistan and for us to restart the stalled dialogue process".

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