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India-Pakistan ties should be based on equality, says ex-PM

LAHORE: Former prime minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Sunday said that the relations between India and Pakistan should be based on equality.

The former premier rejected the strategies of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government regarding resumption of talks between two neighbouring countries to maintain peace in the region.

In a statement, Abbasi said that when Nawaz Sharif was Prime Minister, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Pakistan himself. But PTI government couldn’t maintain the status, he added.

It is pertinent here to mention that on September 20, Indian PM Narendra Modi had accepted PM Imran Khan’s suggestion for a meeting between the two foreign ministers on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York.

But the Indian government denied the meeting later amid media propaganda and criticism over Modi’s decision.

Afterwards, Indian Army Chief Bipin Rawat had threatened to take limited military action against Pakistan Army saying it is time to give it back to them “in the same manner”.

In a response, Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) Director General Major Gen Asif Ghafoor had stated that Indian army has been engaged in their country’s politics in the wake of corruption scandals and he vehemently warned Indian civilian and military’s top brass against putting the burden of their domestic issues on ‘Pakistan’s shoulders’.

DG ISPR had also tweeted, saying that “Pakistan is ready to respond to any external aggression.”

“Pakistan is a nuclear power and our desire for peace should not be misconstrued as our weakness,” he added.

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