Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has suggested that he had batted for peace with India but it was the South Asian giant which had rejected talks. Speaking in Colombo during his two-day visit to Sri Lanka, Imran said Pakistan had offered to hold dialogue with India because he is of the view that all regional conflicts should be resolved through talks.
“Initiating wars gives rise to more disputes. We offered India to hold talks but the country did not pay heed to it,” the Pakistan PM said.
“Immediately when I came into power, I approached our neighbour India and explained to Prime Minister Narendra Modi that the way forward for the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue,” he added.
Imran sought to project that it was India and not Pakistan which was against peace in the region. Imran said he was hopeful that “eventually sense will prevail”, while noting that his efforts to bring India to the dialogue table had failed.
“The only way the subcontinent can tackle poverty is by improving trade relations,” he said.