Taking a jibe at Indian premier Narendra Modi, Prime Minister (PM) Imran Khan on Saturday said he has come across small men lacking “vision” occupy big offices all his life.
In a tweet, Imran expressed sheer disappointment at the “arrogant and negative” response by India to his call for resuming dialogue.
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
PM Imran had called for a resumption of talks with India in a letter to the Modi earlier this week. The Foreign Office (FO) said the premier responded to Modi in a “positive manner” and urged the Indian government to talk and resolve all issues.
India on Friday called off a planned meeting between foreign ministers of both nations on the sidelines of the forthcoming United Nations General Assembly session in New York much to the dismay of Pakistan and millions of peace-lovers in the two countries. New Delhi had initially agreed to a meeting between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi.
The Indian foreign ministry said the talks were called off after the “brutal killings of our security personnel by Pakistan-based entities and the recent release of a series of twenty postage stamps by Pakistan glorifying a terrorist and terrorism”.
Premier Imran’s dialogue offer was warmly welcomed by politicians in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK). The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) express hope Modi would reciprocate in a positive manner.
The party was a coalition partner of Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party in IOK till its fall on Jun 19 this year.
In a tweet on its official handle, the PDP said, “Thank you PM @ImranKhan for your positive gesture. We hope PM @narendramodi will reciprocate your sentiments. Dialogue is the only way out of this stalemate”.
Ties between the two hyphenated neighbours have been bedevilled by a dispute over the Himalayan region of Kashmir, mutual recrimination and bloody border skirmishes. Sporadic efforts to normalise them have hit roadblocks over Indian allegations of Pakistan’s sponsorship of terrorism – a charge it has never been able to establish.