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Important to build an environment of trust, Modi says in letter to PM Imran

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  1. Norwegian

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    Important to build an environment of trust, Modi says in letter to PM Imran
    Naveed Siddiqui Updated June 20, 2019

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    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (L) and Prime Minister Imran Khan. — AFP

    Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar have replied to letters by their Pakistani counterparts, said a source in the Foreign Office on Thursday, adding that the officials have "responded positively" to Pakistan's offer for talks.

    Earlier this month, Prime Minister Imran Khan, in a letterwritten to felicitate Modi on assuming office for a second term, had renewed Pakistan's offer to hold dialogue with India to resolve contentious issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute and terrorism, to restore peace in the region, and address the problems confronting the people of the two countries.

    Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also written a letter to the newly appointed Jaishankar and congratulated him on assuming office.

    According to the Foreign Office source on Thursday, the letters were received by Pakistan through diplomatic channels on Tuesday.

    In their response, Modi and Jaishankar wrote about comprehensive and fresh talks between India and Pakistan. They said that India desires normal and cooperative relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan, adding that it has always preferred progress and peace of the people.

    According to a statement by the Indian External Affairs Ministry, Modi said "it is important to build an environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility". Minister Jaishankar also emphasised the need for an "atmosphere free from the shadow of terror and violence".

    The sentiments from Pakistan "were also appreciated in the letters", said the Foreign Office source.

    'Courtesy' handshake
    The letters come on the heels of the first face-to-face interaction between the prime ministers last week, which Qureshi described as a "courtesy" meeting. The foreign minister said Imran and Modi shook hands and exchanged pleasantries during their interaction on the sidelines of the 19th Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Bishkek.

    Soon after coming to power last year, Prime Minister Imran had expressed the hope that sour relations between the nuclear neighbours would become normal.

    However, a war-like situation emerged between Pakistan and India in February after a suicide bombing in India-occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district killed more than 40 Indian security forces personnel. India immediately hurled allegations of Pakistan’s involvement, whereas Islamabad strongly rejected the claim and asked for “actionable evidence”.

    The situation aggravated on Feb 25 when Indian fighter jets conducted an airstrike on Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in retaliation of the Pulwama attack. The next day, two Indian Air Force MiG 21 aircraft were shot down by the Pakistan Air Force in Kashmir and an Indian pilot named Abhinandan Varthaman was captured. However, as a goodwill gesture announced by PM Imran, the pilot was later handed over to Indian authorities.

    The premier on a number of occasions had expressed the view that Indian leaders were using anti-Pakistan sentiments to gain people’s support in the polls.

    Following Modi's election win in May, the premier telephoned his newly elected Indian counterpart to congratulate him.

    Last month, Foreign Minister Qureshi had a chance meeting with the then Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.

    It was the first face-to-face meeting between the two ministers and the highest-level interaction since the post-Pulwama standoff.

    Although Pakistan had closed its airspace for flights to and from India on Feb 26 after the Balakot standoff, Islamabad reportedly made a rare exception for Swaraj to fly directly through Pakistani airspace to attend the SCO meeting.
     
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    An utterly useless and futile correspondence; though alright for maintaining facade and appearances.
     
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    We should keep the appearances ....
     
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    What did you expect? Pakistan-India peace initiative has to start somewhere.
     
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    What I expect, I have already expressed, though indirectly, in my post. I have seen this "Tamaasha" many times in my life time. But, as I said, it is alright for the sake of facade.
     
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    leave this peace bullshit
     
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    big round of applause for another Aman ka Tamasha :yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo::yahoo: and be prepare for another false flag attack by India within India :mod:
     
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    Imran should use his time for something productive, people did not elect him to get involved in this useless correspondence, should learn from the past.
     
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    I believe that, the kind of idiot he is, IK has some misconception and delusion, like many others he had, that he can resolve the disputes between India and Pakistan.
     
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    Thrust, dialogue, peace... ok but what about our Kashmiris sisters and brothers ? Because this us the main point of the conflict..

    If there is no dialogue, the conflict won’t be resolved without war and of course with its outcomes war

    If there is a dialogue, chances are that Kashmiris’ struggle for there right will end like the one of the Palestinians. I mean no hope, only endless dialogue for decades and ending in the trash of the history.

    There could be a true resolution if both parties are sincere. But are they ?

    What i propose - note that my knowledge is limited and sometimes i say silly things - is ok let’s engage a dialogue, let’s create a thrust between our countries and then send a Kashmiri brother or sister during high meetings in UNO and let’s them talk as a Pakistani and as Kashmiri. Let’s them expose to the world what people of Kashmiri wants. There only 3 options:

    - they want to be attached to Pakistan
    - they want to be attached to India
    - they want to be independent state.

    Maybe people of Kashmir are the key of the peace in South Asia.


    I could be wrong.
     
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    Lets face it ... no matter what we do , we can't establish peace with india , its just not possible and with modi as PM , its extra impossible
     
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    It is possible. We just need will on both sides.
     
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    But maintaining facade and appearances is important whilst we try to hurt our enemy
     
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    Totally agree.
     
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    Its common sense

    Wharever Imran does to promote peace is fine as long as we plan to scew the indians

    As long as no one can say we havent taken steps to seek peace, we are good
     
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