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Modi greets Imran on Pak Day and calls for an end to terror | India News

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NEW DELHI: As India and Pakistan seek to build on the recent ceasefire agreement, Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote to his counterpart Imran Khan on Tuesday, extending his greetings to the neighboring country on the occasion of Pakistan’s National Day, underscoring that an environment free from terror was imperative. to improve ties.
“As a neighboring country, India wishes cordial relations with the people of Pakistan. For this, an environment of trust, free from terror and hostility, is imperative, ”Modi said in his message to Khan.
Sources said the prime minister had sent a similar message to the Pakistani prime minister last year on Pakistan’s Independence Day, making the same point about the need for a terror-free environment. Modi had also wished Khan a speedy recovery from Covid a few days ago.
The recent ceasefire agreement between India and Pakistan has raised hope for a thaw in ties. Modi in his letter said that at this difficult time for humanity, he would like to convey his best wishes to Khan and the people of Pakistan for facing up to the challenges of Covid.
As the Pakistani mission celebrated Pakistan Day on Tuesday, Aftab Charge d’Affaires Hasan Khan also said that Pakistan wanted friendly ties with India and that it was important to resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir, through dialogue to achieve peace.
Imran Khan and the army chief, General Qamar Bajwa, reached out to India in the recent past with the latter saying earlier this month that it was time to bury the past and move on. While India has also toned down the rhetoric on terrorism, it wants to wait and see if the ceasefire is sustained before taking any decisive steps to resume bilateral exchanges. According to a statement by the Pakistani high commission, Aftab Khan said that in the best interests of the region, peace in South Asia was “inevitable”.

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