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Wants good relations with India; But I don’t think it will happen as long as BJP is in power: Imran Khan

Islamabad: Former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has said that he wants a very good relationship between India and Pakistan, but does not see the possibility of that happening as long as the nationalist BJP is in power.

He was speaking in an interview given to the British newspaper ‘The Telegraph’.

In the interview, Khan mentioned about the economic benefits that may arise if trade relations are established between the two countries and added that the ‘Kashmir issue’ is the main obstacle to establishing such relations between India and Pakistan.

“The benefits of building relationships like this can be enormous. I think it is possible.

But the BJP government is very strict. “They have ultra-nationalist views on many issues,” Imran Khan said.

“It is very disappointing that you don’t even have a chance to move a resolution when they (BJP) are inciting such extreme national sentiments. Once it comes out of this bottle of nationalism, it is very difficult to put it back into that bottle.

All we know is that they must have a roadmap to resolve the Kashmir issue,” Imran Khan was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

In 2019, Imran Khan said that Pakistan should have cooled its relations with India when the BJP government revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, India has earlier said that it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terrorism, hostility and violence.

On August 5, 2019, the Center abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir. The state was divided into two Union Territories.

Bilateral relations between India and Pakistan deteriorated after that. Pakistan had eased its diplomatic ties with India and expelled the Indian diplomatic representative in the country. Since then, trade relations between India and Pakistan have been almost at a standstill.

Meanwhile, Imran Khan is busy organizing marches and rallies to demand an early general election in Pakistan. Imran also promised to establish better relations with Iran, China, Afghanistan and the United States if he is re-elected as the Prime Minister.

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