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India Rejects Pak claims of Modi’s offer for talks

NEW DELHI: India has denied Pakistani media reports suggesting that the Indian prime minister and foreign minister offered a peace deal to Pakistan while responding to congratulatory letters from Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi.

"As per the established diplomatic practice, the PM and EAM have responded to the congratulatory messages received from their counterparts in Pakistan. In their messages, they have highlighted that India seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan,” a MEA spokesperson said. In his message, the PM said "For this, it is important to build an environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility. Foreign Minister S Jaishankar also emphasised the need for an 'atmosphere free from the shadow of terror and violence,” the spokesperson added.

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“We have only replied to the congratulatory message. There is an attempt to distort that from the Pakistani media. The letter says India wants cooperative relations with countries in South Asia but the atmosphere has to be violence free. There is no mention of a dialogue in the letter,” one of above mentioned sources explained.

It may be recalled that PM Narendra Modi snubbed Khan at the SCO Summit refusing to hold any dialogue and merely exchanged pleasantries.

Leading Pakistani English daily, The Express Tribune, reported on Thursday, "Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar have responded to Islamabad’s renewed call for dialogue by conveying New Delhi’s desire to engage with all countries, including Pakistan, for the prosperity of the region." "In their replies to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s congratulatory letters, the Indian leaders said New Delhi wished for peace and development in South Asia and beyond. Modi and his new foreign minister maintained that India had always prioritised peace and human development, and sought to maintain cordial relations with all regional powers," according to Express Tribune report.
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