Pak's friendship offer to India not our weakness: Imran Khan

He said that Pakistan “should not be threatened as it will not tolerate any act of hostility.”

M ZULQERNAIN
Lahore, Publish Date: Sep 24 2018 12:36AM | Updated Date: Sep 24 2018 12:36AM
Pak's friendship offer to India not our weakness: Imran KhanFile Photo

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday said that Pakistan's offer of "friendship" to India should not be considered as its weakness and the Indian leadership should shun "arrogance" to hold peace talks.

Addressing Punjab bureaucracy here, Khan said: "I hope the Indian leadership will shun arrogance and hold (peace) talks with Pakistan. Our offer of friendship should not be considered as our weakness. Friendship between Pakistan and India will help overcome poverty.”

He said that Pakistan “should not be threatened as it will not tolerate any act of hostility.”

“Friendship (between Pakistan and India) is in the benefit of both the countries. We will not take pressure of any world power,” the prime minister said.

In a sharp reaction to India's cancellation of the meeting, Khan on Saturday said that India's decision to cancel the foreign minister-level talks in New York was "arrogant" and asserted that he was "disappointed" by the New Delhi's "negative" response.  "Disappointed at the arrogant and negative response by India to my call for resumption of the peace dialogue. However, all my life I have come across small men occupying big offices who do not have the vision to see the larger picture," Khan had tweeted. However, Pakistan's two major opposition parties—Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) and Pakistan People’s Party (PPP)— have questioned the "haste" shown by Prime Minister Khan in making efforts to mend ties with India and held him responsible for the "diplomatic debacle", saying he should have done his "homework" before approaching for a meeting. 


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