Pakistan PM Imran Khan says ready for talks with PM Modi

ISLAMABAD: Making peace overtures, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan   thursday said he was ready to hold talks with his Indian counterpart 
 Narendra Modi   as he conceded that it was not in Islamabad’s interest to allow use of its territory for terror activities outside the country.

Khan was apparently referring to India’s stance that

terrorism and talks cannot go together and Pakistan must take effective and credible action to stop providing shelter and support to cross border terrorism from territories under its control.

“It is not in our interest to allow use of Pakistan’s territory for terror outside,” Khan said during an interaction with a group of Indian journalists here.

In the past, Islamabad has suggested that India’s reluctance on resumption of dialogue was dictated the ruling BJP-led national coalition’s political compulsions ahead of next year’s general elections.

Imran Khan alluded to this perception on Thursday as well. Pakistan, he said, is willing to wait till after the Indian elections for any gesture from Delhi for resumption of bilateral relations.

Asked about the action taken by Islamabad against 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Hafiz Saeed, Prime Minister Khan said there were United Nations sanctions against his group. TOI