No point talking to India: Imran Khan vents frustration to foreign media

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Imran Khan. File Photo

New Delhi, August 22: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said he is no longer interested in dialogue with India.

In an interview to The New York Times, a day after he had a telephonic conversation with US President Donald Trump, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan complained about what he described as “repeated rebuffs from Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his appeals for communication” — both before and after the Indian government’s move to abrogate provisions of Article 370 for Jammu and Kashmir.

Saying there was no point in talking to India anymore, Imran Khan said, “All the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement. There is nothing more that we can do.”

Besides saying that there was no point in speaking to India, the Pakistan Prime Minister also expressed his concerns over rising tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

In response to New Delhi revoking special status for Jammu and Kashmir earlier this month, Pakistan said it would take the Kashmir dispute with India to International Court of Justice and the United Nations.

A closed-door meeting on Kashmir was held by the United Nations Security Council. The UNSC meet, however, ended without any outcome or statement from the powerful 15-nation UN organ, dealing a huge snub to Pakistan and its all-weather ally China in their attempts to internationalise the issue, which an overwhelming majority stressed is a bilateral matter between New Delhi and Islamabad.