A day after he termed the two terrorists, who killed three Indian soldiers on the border on Sunday, as 'innocent Kashmiris', Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has now raked up the topic of 2019 general elections, claiming India is not ready to hold dialogues keeping in mind the upcoming polls.
Speaking in Riyadh, Dubai, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief said, "When I won the election and came to power, the first thing I tried to do was extend the hand of peace to India. Unfortunately, and I think its because of election coming up and sadly, anti-Pakistan rhetoric brings votes, I am afraid we got no response from India, in fact, got rebuffed. What we are hoping is to wait till the elections and then resume talks. Peace is important for both the countries. All the money that should be diverted towards human resources ends up diverting to non productive things like arms race."
On Monday, the cricketer turned politician condemned the killing of terrorists along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir’s Sunderbani sector, stating it is the 'new cycle of killings'. He posted a message on Twitter, which read, "Strongly condemn the new cycle of killings of innocent Kashmiris in IOK by Indian security forces. It is time India realised it must move to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue in accordance with the UN SC resolutions & the wishes of the Kashmiri people."
Relations between the two countries have been severely affected by the regular attacks on the Indian border by terrorists in the past two months. India had in fact agreed to hold talks with Pakistan at the UNGA in September, but the very same month, two barbaric acts against the security forces meant the dialogue was called off.