Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has accused India of not responding to his peace overtures and said that any war between two nuclear-armed nations would be “suicidal” for both nations.
In an interview with Turkish news agency TRT World, according to his Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) party, Khan again expressed his desire for talks with India.
He said that even a Cold War was not in the interests of the two countries.
“Two nuclear armed countries should not even think of a war; not even a Cold War because it could worsen any time. The only way is bilateral talks. Two nuclear armed countries at war is like a suicide,” the party quoted him as saying.
He said India did not respond to his peace overtures.
India has been maintaining that terror and talks cannot go together.
“India was offered to take one step towards and we shall take two. But India rejected Pakistan’s offer for talks several times,” Mr Khan said.
Imran Khan also said that India would never be able to suppress the rights of the Kashmiri people.
The Indo-Pak ties strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based terrorists in 2016 and India’s surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The ties further nose-dived in 2017 with no bilateral talks taking place between them.
Later, the Pakistan Prime Minister and former cricketer took to Twitter to share his congratulatory message for the Indian team. “Congratulations to Virat Kohli and the Indian cricket team for the first ever win by a subcontinent team in a test series in Australia,” he shared.
India scripted history winning their first ever series on Australian soil beating the home team 2-1 after the fourth and final Test ended in a tame draw due to inclement weather.
India scored 622 for 7 in their first innings and then bowled out Australia for 300 thereby enforcing the follow-on.