Better chance of peace talks with India if BJP wins elections, says Imran Khan


ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India on Kashmir issue if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wins the general elections.

Khan said Kashmir was the central issue between the two countries.

"Perhaps if the BJP wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached, Other parties would be afraid of the right-wing backlash in case of settlement on this issue, " Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.

Khan also added that Pakistan was taking action against all militants groups including the JeM.

"We have taken the religious schools of these groups under state control. It is the first serious effort to disarm the militant outfits, it was important for the future of Pakistan", he said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack. Pakistan-based terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack, saying it was caused by a suicide bomber.

On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.

The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.

In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.

Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, he was released on March 1st after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody.


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