“Terror and talks cannot go together”….. this has been the communication from the current government with regards to the terrorism that originates from our neighbouring country, Pakistan. However, their actions only speak differently.
Weeks after the worst escalation between New Delhi and Islamabad in the past 20 years, especially after the ghastly Pulwama Attack that killed 45 brave men in uniform, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said that PM Narendra Modi sent him greetings on the eve of Pakistan’s National Day.
Khan, in a tweet, said :
“Received msg from PM Modi: “I extend my greetings & best wishes to the people of Pakistan on the National Day of Pakistan. It is time that ppl of Subcontinent work together for a democratic, peaceful, progressive & prosperous region, in an atmosphere free of terror and violence”
Khan’s tweet came on a day when the Government of India boycotted Pakistan’s National Day event in Delhi and the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad also announced that he would not be attending the same event in Islamabad.
In his next tweet, Prime Minister of Pakistan added:
“I welcome PM Modi’s message to our people. As we celebrate Pakistan Day I believe it is time to begin a comprehensive dialogue with India to address & resolve all issues, esp the central issue of Kashmir, & forge a new relationship based on peace & prosperity for all our people.”
Political analysts and journalists in Pakistan said Mr. Modi’s message was a welcome gesture.
Former High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit, however, said that it was a routine message, “reiterating the mantra of terror and talks cannot go together”.He also pointed out that it was “interesting is that it has been tweeted by Imran Khan and not Modi”.
While official confirmation on Khan’s tweet is awaited from the Indian side, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday morning, led a fresh BJP offensive on rival parties over the Pulwama terror attack and the subsequent IAF strike inside Pakistan, terming the Opposition “the natural habitat of terror apologists” and accusing them of “insulting” armed forces.