As Imran sets stage for Aug 18 swearing in, India talks about “terrorism and infiltration”

India on Friday told Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting and cricket legend turned politician Imran Khan that “terrorism and cross-border infiltration” remains an issue between two countries.

During the day, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) also announced that the Imran Khan will take oath of Prime Ministership on August 18.

Mr Khan for his part, according to reports in Pakistani media, pushed for the “resumption of talks between Pakistan and India”.

Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria during the day met Imran Khan and discussed a range of issues focusing on prospects of bilateral relations.

“The Indian High Commissioner briefed the PTI leadership on India’s concerns about terrorism and cross-border infiltration,” said spokesperson in the Indian High Commission in Islamabad in reply to a query.

The High Commissioner gifted Mr Khan a bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team, he said.

In its first reactions after July 25 polls in Pakistan, Indian foreign ministry had said that it desired a prosperous and progressive Pakistan, and hoped that the ‘new government’ in Islamabad will work constructively to build a safe, stable and secure ‘terror free’ South Asia.

Indian envoy in the meeting on Friday congratulated Imran on his electoral success. “They discussed a range of issues focusing on prospects of the India-Pakistan relationship. The meeting lasted for thirty minutes and was marked by a candid exchange of views,” said a tweet from the India High Commission.

In a missive on Twitter the PTI central secretary Information Fawad Chaudhry said the newly elected members of National Assembly will take oath on August 13.

Pakistan Independence Day is on August 14. The winning team of 1992 Cricket World Cup has been invited to attend oath-taking ceremony to be held on August 18, Imran’s party announced.

In recently held polls, the PTI emerged single largest party defeating two major rivals Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and Pakistan Muslim League (Nawaz) PML(N).

Meanwhile a report in Pakistan’s leading newspaper said: “PM-in-waiting Imran Khan on Friday pushed for the “resumption of talks between Pakistan and India” when the latter’s High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria paid him a visit at his Banigala residence”.

Mr Bisaria’s meeting with the PTI chairman took place in the presence of senior party leaders, including vice chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the report said.

After the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan for his party’s victory in last month’s general elections, his host (Imran Khan) “expressed his grave concerns on the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir”.

“I hope that the SAARC leaders’ conference will be held in Islamabad soon,” Imran Khan said, according to report.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan last month after the elections.

A statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs had said that Mr Modi “congratulated him

(Imran) for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recently conducted general elections.”

“Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood,” MEA has said on July 30 after Mr Modi spoke to Imran Khan.


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