Pakistan says PM Modi asked Imran Khan to resume dialogue, India denies claim

Newly elected Pakistan foreign affairs minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has claimed that PM Narendra Modi has written to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan expressing interest in resuming the peace process.

According to the Pakistan daily Dawn, Qureshi told the media that PM Modi has written a letter to PM Imran Khan in which he has indicated talks between the two countries should begin.

However, India has denied any such move, saying that Prime Minister Modi merely wrote a congratulatory letter to the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief and did not make any reference to the revival of talks.

“There is a need for continued and uninterrupted dialogue with India. We are neighbours. We have long-standing issues, both of us know these problems. But we have no other option but to engage in dialogue. We cannot afford adventurism,” said SM Qureshi, adding, “India and Pakistan have to move forward keeping realities before them.