Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his disappointment on Sunday and used shameful words for Indian PM Narendra Modi. His comment came as India cancelled talks with Pakistan.
Khan said his country’s offer for ‘friendship’ should not be considered as its weakness and the Indian leadership should shun ‘arrogance’ and hold peace talks.
The newly-elected prime minister had written a letter to India’s PM Narendra Modi to reopen bilateral talks on key issues, including terrorism and Kashmir.
India had initially agreed to a meeting between Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.
However, India called off the meeting on Friday, after the brutal killing of three policemen in Jammu and Kashmir as well as the release of postal stamps glorifying slain Kashmiri militant Burhan Wani.
Imran Khan on Saturday expressed his disappointment with the Indian government’s decision to cancel proposed talks between the two foreign ministers, terming it an “arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue.”
“All my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture,” Mr. Khan tweeted, in a clear sign of frustration over his offer for talks having been spurned.
He also added “Our offer of friendship should not be considered as our weakness. Friendship between Pakistan and India will help overcome poverty.”
Pakistan “should not be threatened as it will not tolerate any act of hostility,” Khan said, adding, “we will not take pressure of any world power.”
Khan on Saturday said in a tweet that India’s decision to cancel the foreign minister-level talks was “arrogant” and argued that he was “disappointed” by New Delhi’s “negative” response.
Check out his tweets here:
Disappointed at the arrogant & negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.
— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) September 22, 2018
Strongly worded criticism has been pouring in from all quarters over the statement made by Pakistan’s prime minister!
Reacting over it, Sehgal told ANI, “His tweet is in extremely bad taste. It shows that the man has no character, no integrity and no sensitivity. The statement is downright reprehensible. His words clearly indicate that he has lost his sense of balance and he has virtually ensured that there is no possibility of a breakthrough as much and Indian-Pakistan relationship is concerned.”
Sehgal also expressed his support for Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat’s stand on the issue and said, “I am in absolute agreement with the statement of Army Chief Rawat. India has made it abundantly clear to Pakistan and to the rest of world that there is no question of initiating a dialogue with Pakistan unless and until Pakistan creates a conducive environment for talks. The conducive environment thus required has been enunciated time and again by this and the previous governments.”
Rawat on Saturday had said that it is time to give it back to Pakistan in the same coin.
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Source- DNA, The Hindu, HT