‘India desires cordial relations,’ Modi writes to PM Imran Khan
On the occasion of Pakistan Day 2021, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi wrote a message to his counterpart Prime Minister Imran Khan, stating that ‘India desires cordial relationship with the people of Pakistan’.
“I extend greetings to the people of Pakistan,” the Indian premier wrote on the occasion of national day, which is celebrated every year on March 23 to honor the Lahore Resolution of 1940.
Modi also stated that for that purpose, an environment of trust, devoid of terror and hostility, was imperative.
The Indian premier also conveyed his best wishes to the PM and Pakistanis to deal with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Please accept, excellency the assurance of my highest consideration,” Modi’s letter concluded.
Earlier, Imran Khan and the Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa have expressed hopes for better relationships between the neighbouring countries.
While inaugurating the first edition of the Islamabad Security Dialogue on Wednesday (March 17), the Pakistani premier said: “We are trying, but India would have to take the first step and unless it does that we cannot move ahead.”
A day later on Thursday, from the same stage, the COAS also stressed that it was time for India and Pakistan to bury the past and move forward.
“Pakistan is ready to resolve all outstanding disputes with its neighbors through dialogue in a dignified and peaceful manner,” Gen Bajwa remarked.