Islamabad, July 26: On the eve of the declaration of elections results in Pakistan, Imran Khan addressed the nation and spoke at length on various issues. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single-largest party following the counting of votes in the country’s general elections. Here are the five things he said about India:
It is unfortunate that Kashmir, which is the core issue between the two countries, has suffered immense human rights violations at the hands of the Indian Army in the last 30 years. Both the countries should come together and resolve this issue by sitting together for a dialogue.
“Kashmir remains our biggest contention. The leadership of Pakistan and India now need to come to the table to resolve this and end the blame games. We are stuck at square one,” he said.
On ties with India
If leadership in India is ready then I will want to strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Today, it is a one-sided relationship where Pakistan is blamed for all the violence. The strengthening of ties between the two nations will be beneficial for subcontinent as well.
“If India comes and takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them. Right now it is one-sided where India is constantly just blaming us,” he said.
On trade ties
The trade ties between India and Pakistan should improve for not only the benefit of the two countries but for South Asia as well. If we want to have a poverty-free subcontinent then we must have good relations and trade ties.
“I am that Pakistani who believes that to improve economics in the subcontinent trade between India and Pakistan is important. This will be beneficial for both the countries,” he said.
On Indian media
“It pained me to see the way Indian media portrayed me in the last few months. I was depicted like a villain in Bollywood movies. I am one of those Pakistanis that wants good relations with India.”
“It seemed like India feared every thing bad would happen if
Imran Khan came into power
“As far as India is concerned; I was disappointed with how Indian media portrayed me in the past few weeks. As a villain. I am that Pakistani who has travelled through India because of my cricket,” he said.
On his familiarity with India
“I am a person who arguably knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket. We can resolve the poverty crisis in South East Asia. The biggest problem is Kashmir.”