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India-Pakistan relations: No requests for talks, says government

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The government has rubbished reports in Pakistani media that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, wishing to resume talks between the two countries.

On Thursday morning, responding to media queries, relating to Prime Minister Modi s response top Kan s congratulatory message on the grand win in General Elections, India s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) made it clear there was no request made to the Pakistan side for talks.

“The Indian response is as per the established diplomatic practice and the India side highlighted that New Delhi seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbors, including Pakistan.”

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Both Modi and the new external affairs minister S Jaishankar, in response to the congratulatory messages from Khan and Pakistan Foreign Minister SM Qureshi, had urged Islamabad to create an environment free of terror. And highlighted in their individual responses that India seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbors, including Pakistan.

Modi in his response to Khan had said that “It is important to build an environment of trust, free of terror, violence, and hostility.” And Jaishankar too emphasized the need for an “atmosphere free from the shadow of terror and violence”.

India has made its stand very clear that terror and talks don t go hand in hand. The government has made it very clear that until Pakistan does not take action against the terror groups operating from its territory there will be no talks or business.

In fact, at the recently concluded Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meet in Bishkek, the leaders of both countries had no bilateral meetings nor was there any pull-aside, though both had exchanged pleasantries.

It may be recalled that Pakistan leader Khan had called Modi after his election victory in General Elections last month on May 23. The government had not extended an invite to Pakistan for the oath-taking of the ceremony of Prime Minister Modi on May 30.

The ties between the two sides have been stressful since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, and Pakistan based terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed had claimed responsibility.