In his first address after the general election in Pakistan, the flamboyant cricketer turned politician Imran Khan stated that he wanted to bring in stability in the sub-continent by resolving the Kashmir issue.
Despite falling short of a majority in Pakistani parliament, Imran Khan gave a televised victory speech in Islamabad on Thursday evening. He broadly spelt out his government’s priorities and spent considerable time offering a peep into his foreign policy.
Imran Khan talked about improving relationship with six countries in his speech naming first China followed by Afganistha, US, Iran and Saudi Arabia. When it seemed Imran deliberately gave India a miss, Imran Khan spoke at length about Pakistan’s eastern neighbour.
Imran Khan said that his government would favour improving ties with India especially in the field of trade, and resolving the core issue of Kashmir through talks. He said that the two countries should resolve Kashmir issue through dialogue without resorting to blame-game if the leadership of India is ready we are definitely ready to improve our relationship.
Imran further added, “If you take one step towards us, we will take two more towards you. But we must move forward. Till date it has been one sided that wherever anything happens, Pakistan is blamed. It is my conviction that it is better for the sub-continent that the ties between India and Pakistan improve and we resolve our main issue through dialogue, asserted Imran Khan.”
He, however, did not mentioned that Pakistan would not allow its territory to be used for nurturing anti-India activities, which is a key demand of New Delhi for resuming talk.
He also raked up the issue of Kashmir with allegation of human rights violation by armed forces. But he offered his own narrative for the problem. He mentioned Baluchistan to give India a message.
He said, “If we say whatever is happening in Baluchistan, is happening because of India’s involvement there, then we are back in square one again. Blame game will come and will take in massive form. Only to avoid this kind of embarrassment, I personally think we should talk and resolves all pending issues.”
He also hit out at the Indian media saying that they are making me a villain. He opined, “But I am the only person who has maximum contacts with our neighboring country. I toured India several times because of cricket.”
Political experts said, according to sources, that in his speech the would be Prime Minister of Pakistan spent lots of time on India and India related issues. The political pundits were of the opinion that this meant the main unsolved issue between two neighbouring countries is Kashmir, which is one of the major concern of Khan. And the Pak media and other oppositions alleged that he has the backing of the Pakistan Army, and keeping this equation in mind, Imran diplomatically picked up the Kashmir issues in his first ever televised speech and put the ball in India’s court.