In a first after assuming office, Imran Khan talks Kashmir, stresses for dialogue

Srinagar: Pakistan’s newly sworn in Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday said that India and Pakistan must engage in a dialogue process to resolve all the outstanding issues including Kashmir through dialogue.

Khan in a series of tweets also thanked longtime friend and former Indian cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu for attending his inauguration on a special invitation, and reiterated the new prime minister’s belief that “without peace our people cannot progress”.

Addressing sections of the Indian media and politicians who have been criticising Sidhu for visiting Pakistan, PM Khan said: “Those in India who targeted him [Sidhu] are doing a great disservice to peace in the subcontinent.”

“He was an ambassador of peace and was given amazing love and affection by people of Pakistan,” the Pakistan prime minister wrote.

“To move forward, Pakistan and India must dialogue and resolve their conflicts, including Kashmir,” the premier was quoted as saying.

“The best way to alleviate poverty and uplift the people of the subcontinent is to resolve our differences through dialogue and start trading.”

Khan assumed office on Saturday after winning the last month’s elections in the country.


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