Thursday, 16 August, 2018

Indian envoy in Pak meets Imran Khan, discusses bilateral ties, terrorism

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Khan's party said the former cricketer also discussed Afghanistan with the US envoy, stressing that a political solution was needed rather than more fighting.

Indian deputy commissioner J.P. Singh also accompanied the Indian envoy.

The two figures discussed a range of issues and prospects of India-Pakistan relationships.

Besides Khan, party colleagues Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qureshi (Pakistan's former foreign minister in the previous Asif Ali Zardari government before he switched sides to join Imran Khan) and Shireen Mazari-seen as the PTI's possible pick for Pakistan's next foreign minister-were also present at the meeting with Bisaria, pictures posted on PTI's Twitter account showed.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Thursday will hear the case against Pakistan prime minister to be Imran Khan for voting in full public view at his NA-53 Islamabad constituency during the general elections last month. He hoped that the next SAARC Summit will be hosted in Islamabad.

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In this photograph taken on February 5, 2018, Pakistani cricketer-turned-opposition leader and head of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, speaks during an interview with AFP at his home in Islamabad.

"India is confident that relations with Pakistan will take a turn for the positive", the Dawn quoted Bisaria as saying.

Appreciating the Indian Prime Minister's positive gesture, Khan said that both countries should invest in poverty reduction, pulling millions out of the poverty trap.

"Cricket legends from India and Kaptaan's (Khan) old friends Kapil Dev, (Navjot) Sidhu and Sunil Gavaskar have been invited to attend Oath Taking Ceremony of Pakistan's PM Imran Khan", he said. The most significant aspect of the conversation was Modi's unambiguous willingness to improve his country's ties with Pakistan. John Hoover said that the USA wants to strengthen the relationship with Pakistan.

Pakistan went to polls on July 25 and the PTI had emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats after the Election Commission of Pakistan released the complete results for 270 of 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies.