Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Senator Sherry Rehman on Wednesday criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement, seeking a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist (BJP) wins the general election.
Rehman took to Twitter and said, “It is unseemly for a sitting PM to state a preference for dialogue with a candidate from another country in the middle of their election.”
“Pakistan does business with states not individuals. To say Modi will give us a better chance to talk is closing the door for others in India,” she added.
In an interview with a small group of foreign journalists, the premier said that if the next Indian government were led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Indian-occupied Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right.
“Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” PM Imran said.
PM Imran sees better chance of peace talks with India if BJP wins election
“I never thought I would see what is happening in India right now,” said the former cricket star. “Muslim-ness is being attacked.”