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, Zimbabwe squads get all clear after COVID-19 tests 

Updated 27 October 2020

Pakistan, Zimbabwe squads get all clear after COVID-19 tests 

  • Tests were conducted Monday as part of the PCB’s COVID-19 protocols for the bilateral series 
  • The series begins with one-dayer on Friday 

RAWALPINDI: All 107 COVID-19 tests conducted on Zimbabwe and Pakistan players, support staff and match officials have returned negative ahead of the limited-overs series starting later this week, the Pakistan Cricket Board said Tuesday.
The tests were conducted Monday as part of the PCB’s COVID-19 protocols for the bilateral series.
All players, officials and staff have moved into a hub in a five-star hotel in Islamabad, the PCB said, and “are now allowed to interact with each other and move freely within the bio-secure bubble.”
Both teams will start training Tuesday at the Pindi Cricket Stadium, which will host the three ODIs and three Twenty20 internationals.
The series begins with one-dayer on Friday. Lahore was originally scheduled to host the Twenty20 series but those matches were shifted because of expected smog next month.