Days after Pakistan's Premier Imran Khan said that there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's party BJP wins the Lok Sabha Elections 2019, Pakistani envoy Sohail Mahmood reiterated it.
Talking to PTI, Mehmood said: “We hope for re-engagement with New Delhi after elections in India”
Earlier, Pakistani PM had said to a small group of foreign journalists in an interview: "Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached."
Acknowledging that Kashmir was the central issue between the two countries, Pakistan PM claimed that other parties would be afraid of the right-wing backlash in case of settlement on the Kashmir issue.
Tensions flared up between India and Pakistan after the terror attack at Pulwama district in Jammu And Kashmir on February 14 in which 44 CRPF personnel were martyred. Pakistan based Jaish-e-Mohammad took responsibility of the suicide bomb attack.
Amid mounting outrage, the Indian Air Force (IAF) carried out a counter-terror operation, hitting the biggest JeM training camp in Balakot in Khyber Pakhtunwa region of Pakistan, on February 26. The next day, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 in aerial combat and captured an IAF pilot, who was handed over to India on March 1. While PM Imran Khan termed it as a peace gesture, India said that the soldier was returned only because of united pressure from the international platform.
Lok Sabha Elections in India began from April 11 and will continue till May 19. The counting will be held on May 23.