Pak PM Khan says he would like to have a televised debate with PM Modi to resolve differences

Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan said Tuesday he would like to hold a televised debate with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to resolve differences between the two neighboring countries.

Khan made the remarks during an interview with Russia’s state television channel RT on the eve of his first two-day visit to Moscow – the first by a Pakistani prime minister in over two decades – during which he will hold talks with President Vladimir Putin and review exchanges of views on key regional and international ones Subjects.

“I’d love to debate Narendra Modi on TV,” Khan responded to a question.

He added that it would be so good for over a billion people in the subcontinent if the differences between Pakistan and India could be settled through debate.

In response to a question, Khan said that when his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party came to power in 2018, he immediately turned to India and asked the Indian leadership to sit down and resolve the Kashmir issue.

However, he regretted that India did not respond positively to his offers.

Relations between India and Pakistan collapsed after a terrorist attack on the Pathankot air base in 2016 by terrorist groups from the neighboring country. Subsequent attacks, including one on an Indian Army camp in Uri, further soured the relationship.

The relationship deteriorated further after India’s warplanes bombed a Jaish-e Mohammed terrorist training camp deep in Pakistan on February 26, 2019 in response to the Pulwama terrorist attack that killed 40 CRPF Javanese.

Relations soured after India announced in August 2019 that it would withdraw special rights from Jammu and Kashmir and split the state into two union territories.

India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and will always be an integral part of the country”. It also advised Pakistan to accept reality and stop all anti-India propaganda.

India has informed Pakistan that it wants normal neighborly relations with Islamabad in an environment free from terror, hostility and violence. Prime Minister Khan also expressed hope for a “peaceful solution” to the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine, stressing that military conflicts can never solve problems.

“I don’t believe in military conflicts. I believe that civilized societies resolve the difference through dialogue and countries that rely on military conflict have not studied history properly,” Khan said during the interview. Khan said he was sure the people of Ukraine and Russia are aware of the consequences of a looming conflict.

President Putin on Monday signed decrees recognizing the Ukrainian regions of the “Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics” as “independent”, escalating tensions in the region and increasing fears of a Moscow invasion of Ukraine. He also ordered Russian troops into eastern Ukraine in what the Kremlin described as a “peacekeeping mission” in Moscow-backed regions. The US-led West has warned Russia that it faces serious consequences for its actions in Ukraine.

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