n a major breakthrough in bilateral relations, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, saying that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between the two countries.
The letter comes in response to Prime Minister Modi’s greetings to Khan on Pakistan Day.
“I thank you for your letter conveying greetings on Pakistan Day. The people of Pakistan commemorate this day by paying tribute to the wisdom and foresight of our founding fathers in envisioning an independent, sovereign state where they could live in freedom and realise their full potential,” Khan said in his letter.
“The people of Pakistan also desire peaceful, cooperative relations with all neighbours including India. We are convinced that durable peace and stability in South Asia is contingent upon resolving all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, in particular, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” he added.
The Pakistan Prime Minister further said that the creation of an enabling environment is imperative for a constructive and result-oriented dialogue. He also extended his wishes to the people of India in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
Last week, PM Modi had written to Khan, saying India wants “cordial” relations with the neighbouring country but for that an “environment of trust, devoid of terror and hositility” is important.
“On the occasion of the National Day of Pakistan, I extend greetings to the people of Pakistan. As a neighbouring country, India desires cordial relations with the people of Pakistan. For this, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, is imperative,” PM Modi said in his letter on Pakistan’s 70th National Day.