PM Khan writes to Modi, urges peace talks

File photo for the meeting that took place between Imran Khan Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Delhi in Dec 2015. ( Imran Khan FB).
Updated 20 September 2018

PM Khan writes to Modi, urges peace talks

  • Invites Indian PM for meaningful dialogue to resolve all issues
  • Islamabad awaits formal response from New Delhi

ISLAMABAD: In what may be considered as a major breakthrough in Pakistan’s stalled relations with India, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday extended the olive branch to his counterpart Narendra Modi by inviting him for a “meaningful dialogue” to resolve all issues.

Iftikhar Durrani, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister said that PM Khan had written a letter to Modi on September 14 to initiate the process. “We believe in peace with our neighbors and that's why Prime Minister Imran Khan has urged his Indian counterpart for a dialogue,” Durrani told Arab News.

Arab News was able to gain access to the letter wherein PM Khan proposed a meeting between the foreign ministers of both countries, namely Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Sushma Swaraj, on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly to be held later this month.

Earlier on Thursday, reports circulating in the Indian media said that PM Khan was keen on resuming talks with India at the earliest, with a tweet by Pakistan’s Foreign Office spokesman, Mohammad Faisal, confirming the news. “PM has responded to PM Modi, in a positive spirit, reciprocating his sentiments. Let’s talk and resolve all issues. We await formal response from India,” he said in the tweet.


Pakistan opposition parties demand Imran Khan's resignation, announce roadmap to oust government

Updated 21 September 2020

Pakistan opposition parties demand Imran Khan's resignation, announce roadmap to oust government

  • Main opposition parties formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to start a countrywide campaign to hold new elections
  • They said they would resort to all democratic and constitutional means such no-confidence motions and en masse resignations from assemblies

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition parties on Sunday demanded Prime Minister Imran Khan to “immediately” resign as they announced a roadmap to oust the government during a day-long multiparty conference in Islamabad.
The country’s major opposition parties — Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), Pakistan People's Party (PPP) and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazal (JUI-F) — formed an alliance, Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM), to start a countrywide campaign to remove Khan's government and hold new elections.
“The APC (All-Parties Conference) demands immediate resignation of selected Prime Minister Imran Ahmed (Khan) Niazi,” the opposition parties said in a media statement released at the conclusion of the conference.
In October and December, under the banner of PDM, the parties said they would hold public gatherings across the country and would a “decisive long march” toward Islamabad in January to overthrow the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government. 
They said they would resort to all democratic and constitutional means such no-confidence motions and en masse resignations from assemblies. 
The PTI came into power in 2018, after defeating all major opposition parties in general elections. It promised to hold accountable corrupt politicians, fix the country’s fragile economy and create job opportunities for the youth.
The opposition parties, however, said the government has made the life of a common man difficult through “record inflation, unemployment and a flurry of taxes,” and demanded that it bring down prices of sugar, cooking oil, petroleum products and utilities such as electricity.
“The crashed economy due to flawed policies of the government has become a serious threat Pakistan’s defense, atomic capability and sovereignty,” they said in a 26-point resolution, as they expressed concerns over “increasing role of establishment in the politics.”
“The establishment should immediately cease interference into the politics,” they said in the resolution, calling for transparent elections without any interference of the armed forces and agencies.
They also condemned “censorship and pressure on media” and demanded release of arrested journalists and incarcerated politicians.
A number of opposition leaders, including former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of PML-N and former President Asif Ali Zardari of PPP, have been facing corruption charges, which they term "politically motivated and fabricated."