akistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan on Wednesday said India will be benefitted economically by having peace with his country as it will enable New Delhi to directly access the resource-rich Central Asia region through Pakistani territory.
Delivering the inaugural address at the launch of the two-day Islamabad Security Dialogue, Khan also said that his government after coming to power in 2018 did everything for better ties with India and it was for India to reciprocate.
“India will have to take the first step. Unless they do so, we cannot do much,” he reportedly said.
This is first time that Imran has spoken about relations with India post the two countries’ reiteration to strictly follow the 2003 ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir.
Imran said that India’s decision to strip Jammu and Kashmir of special status and bifurcate it into two Union Territories on August 5, 2019 was a big blow to ties and was followed by a complete breakdown in the relationship.
“We still hope that they give the Kashmiris the rights they were given by the UN Security Council to decide their own lives. It will be as beneficial for India as for Pakistan,” he added.
India last month said that it desires normal neighbourly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terror, hostility and violence. India has said the onus is on Pakistan to create an environment free of terror and hostility.