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Give peace a chance: Pakistan's Imran Khan tells PM Modi

A statement released by the Pakistan Prime Minister's Office said, "PM Imran Khan stand by his words that if India gives us actionable intelligence, we will immediately act."

Press Trust of India  |  Islamabad 

Imran Khan
Imran Khan

on Sunday asked his Indian counterpart Modi to "give peace a chance" and assured him that he "stands by" his words and will "immediately act" if provides with "actionable intelligence" on the

Khan's remarks came a day after Modi in a rally in said, "There is consensus in the entire world against terrorism. We are moving ahead with strength to punish the perpetrators of terrorism...The scores will be settled this time, settled for good...This is a changed India, this pain will not be tolerated...We know how to crush terrorism."

Recalling his conversation with Khan during a congratulatory call after he became Pakistan's premier, Modi said he told him "let us fight against poverty and illiteracy" and Khan gave his word - saying he is a Pathan's son - but went back on it.

A statement released by the Prime Minister's Office said, "PM stand by his words that if gives us actionable intelligence, we will immediately act."

PM Modi should "give peace a chance", Khan said in the statement.

Earlier on February 19 also, Khan assured that he would act against the perpetrators of the deadly Pulwama terror attack, carried out by Pakistan-based (JeM) terror group, if it shares "actionable intelligence" with Islamabad, but warned against launching any "revenge" retaliatory action.

said Khan's offer to investigate the attack if provided proof is a "lame excuse".

"It is a well-known fact that and its leader are based in These should be sufficient proof for Pakistan to take action," the said.

"The of Pakistan has offered to investigate the matter if India provides proof. This is a lame excuse. In the horrific attack in on 26/11, proof was provided to Pakistan. Despite this, the case has not progressed for the last more than 10 years. Likewise, on the terror attack on Pathankot airbase, there has been no progress. Promises of 'guaranteed action' ring hollow given the track record of Pakistan," it said.

Khan said during his meeting with Modi in December 2015, "we had agreed that since poverty alleviation is a priority for our region, we would not allow any terrorist incident to derail peace efforts, however, long before Pulwama, these efforts were derailed in September 2018".

The Pakistani was referring to India calling off the foreign minister-level talks with Pakistan in on the sidelines of the in September last year after following the "brutal" killing of three BSF jawans by Pakistani soldiers in as well as the release of postal stamps "glorifying" Kashmiri militant by the

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First Published: Sun, February 24 2019. 23:15 IST