Pakistan PM Imran Khan's message for Indian PM Modi

Pakistan PM Imran Khan's message for Indian PM Modi

*ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that peace with India over the Kashmir dispute would be ‘tremendous’ for the wider region.*

In an interview with BBC, he said that the nuclear-armed neighbours could only settle their differences with dialogue.

Asked what message he wanted to send to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his country, he said that the Kashmir issue ‘has to be settled’ and ‘cannot keep boiling like it is’.

“The number-one tasks of the two governments is how are we going to reduce poverty and the way we reduce poverty is by settling our differences through dialogue and there is only one difference – which is Kashmir,” he said.

Imran Khan also spoke about the dangers of confrontation between the two neighbours. “Once you respond, no-one can predict where it can go from there,” he said.

Offering the hand of friendship to India, the prime minister said that let’s work together to solve our common problems. “If India and Pakistan can find that, everything else could be sorted out easily.”

“Perhaps if the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” he said.