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Imran Khan writes to Modi, offers to hold talks

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Khan wrote a letter to his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, saying wants dialogue with to resolve all outstanding issues between the two countries, Pakistani media reported.

The letter came a day after ruled out the possibility of a bilateral meeting between Khan and Modi on the sidelines of the SCO summit slated to be held later this month in Bishkek.

Congratulating Modi for assuming office for a second term, Khan said that wanted talks to resolve all disputes, including and other issues like poverty, Geo News reported.

The cricketer-turned-politician reiterated his wish for peace and stability in the South Asian region and underlined that it was important for the two countries to jointly work together for regional development.

on Thursday ruled out any meeting between Khan and Modi on the sidelines of the upcoming SCO summit. "To the best of my knowledge no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and PM Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek," had said at his weekly briefing.

Last month, Khan had congratulated Modi after BJP swept the Lok Sabha elections, and said he was "looking forward to working with him for peace, progress, and progress in "

Responding to Khan's message, Modi had said that he has always "given primacy to peace and development in our region."

Ahead of the polls, Khan had said that there might be a better chance of peace talks with if Modi won the elections.

has, however, stood firm on its stance that terror and talks cannot go together.

Tensions between India and Pakistan soared after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack, which killed 40 CRPF soldiers. The responsibility for the attack was claimed by Pakistan-based terror outfit -- Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM).

On February 26, India launched an air strike on terror camps in Pakistan's Balakot, in response to the barbaric terror attack in Pulwama.

The next day, planes had to attack Indian military installations in Jammu and Kashmir, leading to a dogfight. A aircraft flown by Wing had shot down an F16 fighter plane of Pakistan during the aerial confrontation.

Varthaman, who was captured by Pakistani troops after he crossed over, was later released by the as a "peace gesture.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Sat, June 08 2019. 05:54 IST
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