By Salman Bashir
Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader Imran Khan, before taking oath of premiership made a significant gesture regarding improving relations with India during his victory address. Dismissing the Bollywood-style vilification of him by the Indian media, he stated that his government would like to improve relations, resume dialogue and work toward a peaceful resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. He signaled a desire for normalizing trade relations and stated that, if India was to take one step, this would be reciprocated with two by Pakistan. This is an earnest reiteration by an elected prime minister-in-waiting of Pakistan’s regional policy priority — and that too by a leader who was being vilified as an establishment favorite.
In fact, the Chief of Army Staff Gen. Qamar Javed Bajwa and the military media setup, the ISPR, have been signaling a readiness to engage with India for a long time. It is not that these signals have been ignored in New Delhi, but India has chosen to persist with its anti-Pakistan campaign. It tried to influence the Pakistani election with propaganda and fake news churned out by Indian media channels. Indian strategic and foreign policy analysts spoke unabashedly about investing heavily in the political fortunes of one party and were extremely vicious in their slandering and character assassination of Khan.
The plain reason for the campaign against Pakistan is the domestic politics of India, where the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and its ideological mentor the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh have made Muslim and Pakistan-bashing a sheet anchor of their electoral politics. The idea of Hindu Rashtra, or a Hindu state, is the end goal of BJP/RSS politics. It is like setting the time back a couple of millennia to create from myths an ideological basis for Indian nationalism. It is being demonstrated with oppression against the Kashmiri people and the Muslims of India.
Indian High Commissioner conveys Modi’s felicitations to Imran Khan, also presented gift from Indian team
ISLAMABAD: The Indian High Commissioner, Ajay Bisaria and Deputy High Commissioner, J.P Singh met the PTI chief, Imran Khan at Bani Gala and congratulated him for his success in the election.
The Indian diplomatic delegation also conveyed the good intention messages of Indian Prime minister, Nerinder Modi and other Indian leadership to the PTI chief. The delegation hoped the good relations of India and Pakistan.
Imran Khan thanked the delegation for its arrival to Bani Gala and also thanked the Indian Prime Minister and Indian people for their best wishes.
Imran Khan said the delegation that Pakistan wants good relations with India and other neighboring countries and Pakistan will make these relations more improved in future.
The Indian High Commissioner said that Indian Cricket team has sent a cricket bat after signing on it for PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan as a goodwill gesture, which was also handed over to Prime Minister in waiting by the Indian High Commissioner.