After Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his country and India stood a better chance of having peace talks if Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was re-elected again, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said that the cricketer-turned-politician's comments "were taken out of context".
Addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs here, Qureshi accused the Indian media of "sensationalising everything". He claimed that Khan's comments were "published out of context", The Dawn reported.
"Perhaps if the BJP wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached," he had said.
Qureshi underlined that only the Indian electorate would decide the winner and loser of the ongoing general elections.
Qureshi's remarks came amid tensions between India and Pakistan sparked following the February 14 Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir. Forty CRPF personnel had lost their lives in the attack that was claimed responsibility by Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terror group.
The incident provoked international condemnation and pressure on Pakistan, urging it to intensify its crackdown on terror groups operating from its soil.
On February 26, India launched an air strike at a JeM training camp in Balakot in Pakistan in retaliation to the Pulwama attack. The Balakot airstrike was followed by a dogfight between Indian and Pakistani air forces in which a Pakistani F-16 jet and an Indian fighter plane were shot down.
Previously, Qureshi alleged that Pakistan had reliable intelligence inputs India "is hatching a new plot and may resort to military aggression" against the country between April 16 and 20.
However, India had strongly rejected Qureshi's claims, dubbing it as "irresponsible and preposterous" statement made by Pakistan "with a clear objective of whipping up war hysteria in the region.
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