In a fresh move seeking dialogue between the two neighbouring nations, Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He called for a resumption of peace and for talks. In the letter, the cricketer-turned-head of state has sought a meeting between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) scheduled to be held starting September 25.
Imran Khan’s letter entails the first formal proposal by either country for a substantive engagement between the two countries. In his congratulatory letter to Imran Khan on becoming Prime Minister, PM Modi had expressed his hope that India and Pakistan could have a “meaningful and constructive” engagement. The comprehensive bilateral dialogue between India and Pakistan was launched in December 2015, however, it was stalled after the dastardly terror attack on Pathankot air base in January 2016.