- Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan called for India to make a fresh start during his term to revive the dialogue process between the two countries.
- Talks between India and Pakistan have been stalled on the issue of terrorism for more than a decade.
- Pakistan’s prime minister shows his interest to resume talk with India to bring peace in the sub-continent, while acknowledging that it was not in Pakistan’s interest to allow its territory to be used for terrorism.
- Pakistan prime minister further added that all issues, including Kashmir, could be resolved through dialogue. There cannot be a military solution in Kashmir.
- The Pakistani Prime Minister referred to the “4-step formula” for the resolution of Kashmir that was devised during the tenures of President Musharraf and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
- To a question on the status of the ban against Hafiz Saeed, the Pakistani Prime Minister clarified that the United Nations Security Council ban against him remained operational despite the Pakistan government ordinance lapsed in June.
- The presidential ordinance, promulgated by former president Mamnoon Hussain during February 2018, amended the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 to include entities list by UN Security Council (UNSC) as Pakistan’s proscribed groups also. Ordinance was lapsed in June.
- The Ministry of External Affairs had earlier criticised Mr. Khan’s reference to Kashmir during the Kartarpur corridor ceremony, calling it an attempt to “politicise a pious” occasion.
- Although Pakistan’s Prime minister said that the response in Pakistan to the corridor had been very “positive”.
- The Pakistan government hoped to promote religious tourism in the country, and could consider other proposals for shrines such as the Sharada Peeth in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Katasraj temple in Sindh as well as a recently discovered Buddha statue near Islamabad.