Days after India cancelled the proposed meeting between the foreign ministers of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, Prime Minister Imran Khan Sunday said that his government’s offer of “friendship” to India should not be considered as its weakness.
“I hope the Indian leadership will shun arrogance and hold (peace) talks with Pakistan. Our offer of friendship should not be considered as our weakness. The friendship between Pakistan and India will help overcome poverty,” PTI quoted Pakistan PM as saying while addressing Punjab bureaucracy in Lahore.
Khan, however, at home is facing questions over sudden ‘haste’ in improving relations between the two countries. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) have held him responsible for the “diplomatic debacle”, saying he should have done his “homework” before approaching for a meeting.
Earlier, Khan in a harsh comment attacked the Indian dispensation for cancelling the meeting. Taking to Twitter, Khan said, “Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for the resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture.”
India had cancelled the meeting, a day after accepting Pakistan’s proposal, citing the killings of poli...