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No dialogue offer made to Pakistan says sources on Modi’s letter to Imran Khan

By Vicky Nanjappa
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    New Delhi, Aug 20: Prime Minister Narendra Modi had written to Pakistan Prime Minister, Imran Khan, offering his congratulations, but there was no offer for dialogue. Pakistan's foreign affairs minister, Shah Mehmood Qureshi had claimed that Modi had written to Khan expressing interest in resuming the peace process.

    Sources however confirmed to OneIndia that the letter was only to offer congratulations, but there was no offer for dialogue. In the letter, Modi had written, " India was committed to peaceful neighbourly relations and a terror free region. India is willing to constructively engage with Pakistan on that count."

    No dialogue offer made to Pakistan says sources on Modi’s letter to Imran Khan

    However Qureshi had interpreted the letter wrong. He interpreted the engagement on terror as a comprehensive dialogue. India has always maintained that terror and talks cannot go together.

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    Qureshi had told the media that, "The Indian Prime Minister issued a letter yesterday in which he has congratulated Imran Khan and has sent a message of dialogue."

    External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj had made it clear that terror and talks cannot go together, but talks on terror can take place. She made this statement while referring to the engagement between the two National Security Advisers of India and Pakistan.

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