Imran Khan sees better chance of peace talks with India if ‘BJP’ wins election
Islamabad : Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan said he thinks there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the general election due to begin there on Thursday.
Accordung to Reuters, Khan said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right.
“Perhaps if the BJP wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” PM Imran told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.
This was despite the massive alienation that Muslims in Kashmir and Muslims in general were facing in Modi’s India, Reuters quoted PM Khan as saying .
“I never thought I would see what is happening in India right now,” said the former cricket star. “Muslim-ness is being attacked.”
PM Imran said Indian Muslims he knew who many years ago had been happy about their situation in India were now very worried by extreme Hindu nationalism.
He said Modi, like Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, was electioneering based on “fear and nationalist feeling”.
The BJP’s pledge this week to propose stripping decades-old special rights from the people of Kashmir, which prevent outsiders from buying property in the state, was a major concern, though it could also be electioneering, Pak PM was quoted as saying .
The premier appeared to offer India an olive branch, saying that Islamabad was determined to dismantle all militias from the country’s soil.
PM Imran said Kashmir was a political struggle and there was no military solution.