ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman and PM-in-waiting Imran Khan on Friday pushed for the resumption of talks between Pakistan and India during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria at his Banigala residence.
Bisaria had called on Imran to greet him on his party’s victory in the july 25 General Election.
After the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan, his host “expressed his grave concerns on the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir”.
“I hope that the SAARC leaders’ conference will be held in Islamabad soon,” Khan said.
Indian HC Ajay Bisaria called on Mr Imran Khan, Chairperson & senior leadership of PTI. HC congratulated @ImranKhanPTI on his electoral success, discussed range of issues, prospects of India-Pak relationship. HC gifted a cricket bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team. pic.twitter.com/xtdZ8H8ZQ5
— India in Pakistan (@IndiainPakistan) August 10, 2018
Bisaria, too, hoped that a new chapter in the Pakistan-India relations would soon begin. “The telephonic conversation between Indian PM Narendra Modi and the PTI chairman has given birth to this new hope,” he said.
“India is confident that relations with Pakistan will take a turn for the positive.”
The high commission also presented to Khan a bat signed by the members of the Indian national cricket team.
In July, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan saying his country was ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan.
A statement issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs from New Delhi said Modi had spoken to Khan and “congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recently conducted general elections.”