Give peace an opportunity: Imran to PM Modi

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday requested his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to “give peace an opportunity” and guaranteed him that he “stands by” his phrases and can “instantly act” if New Delhi gives Islamabad with “actionable intelligence” on the Pulwama assault.

Khan’s remarks got here a day after Modi in a rally in Rajasthan mentioned, “There may be consensus in the whole world in opposition to terrorism. We’re shifting forward with energy to punish the perpetrators of terrorism…The scores might be settled this time, settled for good…This can be a modified India, this ache is not going to be tolerated…We all know the way to crush terrorism.”

Recalling his dialog with Khan throughout a congratulatory name after he grew to become Pakistan’s premier, Modi mentioned he informed him “allow us to battle in opposition to poverty and illiteracy” and Khan gave his phrase – saying he’s a Pathan’s son – however went again on it.

A press release launched by the Pakistan Prime Minister’s Workplace mentioned, “PM Imran Khan stand by his phrases that if India offers us actionable intelligence, we are going to instantly act.”

PM Modi ought to “give peace an opportunity”, Khan mentioned within the assertion.

Earlier on February 19 additionally, Khan assured India that he would act in opposition to the perpetrators of the lethal Pulwama terror assault, carried out by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group, if it shares “actionable intelligence” with Islamabad, however warned New Delhi in opposition to launching any “revenge” retaliatory motion.

India mentioned Khan’s supply to research the assault if offered proof is a “lame excuse”.

“It’s a well-known incontrovertible fact that Jaish-e-Mohammad and its chief Masood Azhar are primarily based in Pakistan. These needs to be enough proof for Pakistan to take motion,” the Ministry of Exterior Affairs mentioned.

“The Prime Minister of Pakistan has provided to research the matter if India gives proof. This can be a lame excuse. Within the horrific assault in Mumbai on 26/11, proof was offered to Pakistan. Regardless of this, the case has not progressed for the final greater than 10 years. Likewise, on the phobia assault on Pathankot airbase, there was no progress. Guarantees of ‘assured motion’ ring hole given the observe document of Pakistan,” it mentioned.

Khan mentioned throughout his assembly with Modi in December 2015, “we had agreed that since poverty alleviation is a precedence for our area, we might not permit any terrorist incident to derail peace efforts, nonetheless, lengthy earlier than Pulwama, these efforts had been derailed in September 2018”.

The Pakistani premier was referring to India calling off the overseas minister-level talks with Pakistan in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations Common Meeting in September final yr after following the “brutal” killing of three BSF jawans by Pakistani troopers in Jammu and Kashmir in addition to the discharge of postal stamps “glorifying” Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani by the Pakistan authorities.

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