Modi, Kashmir, economy, terrorism: A portal into Imran Khan’s head, at WEF

At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, through media briefings and interviews, spoke out on issues ranging from Kashmir to his country’s economy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and terrorism.

Tensions had escalated between the two neighbours following India withdrawing special status of Jammu and Kashmir in August 2019. Pakistan reacted strongly to India’s decision and downgraded bilateral ties and expelled the Indian envoy. India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 was an internal matter. It also advised Pakistan to accept the reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

These were Prime Minister Khan’s claims at the forum:

On PM Narendra Modi and India

Khan claimed that he met with a “brick wall” when he approached Modi with a peace proposal soon after assuming office in August 2018. In an interview to Foreign Policy magazine on the sidelines of WEF 2020, Khan also said he had told Modi that Pakistan will act firmly if it was given evidence of any Pakistani involvement in the Pulwama terror attack, but India instead “bombed” Pakistan. In the interview, Khan said that he is a firm believer that military means are not a solution to ending conflicts. “… after taking office I immediately reached out to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. I was amazed by the reaction I got, which was quite weird.

The subcontinent hosts the greatest number of poor people in the world, and the best way to fight poverty is to have a trading relationship between the two countries rather than spending money on arms. This is what I said to the Indian prime minister. But I was met by brick wall,” Khan said.

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