After ISI, now Imran Khan wants Modi as PM once again; What’s the deal between Pakistan and BJP?

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The current government led by Narendra Modi has not missed a single opportunity to club Congress and Pakistan in one breadth. Be it before every single election, Modi himself has slammed the Congress during his rallies alleging:

“Grand Old Party Congress always gets support from Pakistan.”

Modi even alleged that the manifesto of the Congress party stands more for Pakistan than for India.

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Narendra Modi with Imran Khan

Now, in a turn of events and after the two countries nearly coming to a war just a couple of months ago, Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan actually wants Narendra Modi’s BJP to win the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, as he believes there would be better chances of resolving the Kashmir issue if the right-wing party once again comes to power. In an interview to foreign journalists, Khan said:

“Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached.”

The Pakistani PM added that Modi was contesting the elections based on “fear and nationalist feeling”, just like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

The BJP’s pledge this week to propose stripping decades-old special rights from the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which prevent outsiders from buying property in the state, remained a major concern for Khan. However, he was quick to add that BJP’s promise to abrogate Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir could merely be a part of Modi’s electioneering.

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In May last year, “The Spy Chronicles”, a book jointly written by the two former spymasters of India and Pakistan, outlined solutions to all issues between the two countries with troubled borders. According to the readings of Asad Durrani, former DG ISI, the ‘Indian PM Narendra Modi is a more preferred choice for the ISI’ because Modi is a hardliner, who can take hard decisions. Durrani said:

“ISI saw Modi’s election as PM suited Pakistan because the hardline approach would ruin India and cater to Pakistan.”

Durrani added,

“The reaction in Pakistan to Modi’s election as the PM was that it served India right. Let Modi take care of India, destroy its image, and possibly destroy its inner balance.”

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Another comment by the former DG ISI was even more worrying for the Indians:

“The ISI’s preference is because hardliners can take hard decisions. This reminds me of an episode, the end of 1997, before the ’98 election that the BJP won. I published an article in The News, Islamabad, ‘Who’s afraid of the Indian wolf’, on how we need not worry about the BJP coming to power because it might turn out to be good for us. If nothing else, the illusion of India being a secular-led country would go. After a few weeks there was an explosion in Coimbatore, where Advani was to address a meeting.”

Recently, India and Pakistan came at the brink of war after the February 14 Pulwama attack and New Delhi’s response, subsequently. Indian Air Force conducted air strikes on terror camps inside Pakistani territory to avenge the Pulwama attack. Following the IAF strike, Pakistan violated Indian air space and shot down an Indian fighter jet and captured its pilot. In the aerial dog fight, Indian Air Force also shot down a Pakistani F-16 fighter jet.

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On April 06, Khan tweeted:

Following the strike, experts say, BJP’s re-election bid got a major boost due to the patriotism wave and Imran Khan claimed India could take further military action against Pakistan if the atmosphere turns against Modi.

Omar Abdullah, former J&K Chief Minister questioned what would have been the plight of Congress if Imran Khan endorsed Rahul Gandhi as PM.

Pawan Khera, National Spokesperson of the Congress said, currently only two types of people are supporting Modi, one are the ‘Modi Bhakts’ (Modi’s followers who do not question him on anything) and Pakistan.

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