General Bajwa Put Pressure On Me To Restore Ties With India: Imran Khan
NEW DELHI, (IANS) – Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan has said former army chief Qamar Javed Bajwa had pressurized him to restore friendship with India.
Bajwa said something one day and retracted it the next day. His accountability should be initiated within the army, he said.
Earlier this month, Pakistan again denied it was holding any “backchannel” talks with India but reiterated its desire for a peaceful neighborhood, The Express Tribune reported.
Relations between the two neighboring countries have remained at a standstill for the last several years.
Pakistan had not only downgraded diplomatic ties but suspended bilateral trade with India.
However, there was a chance of a possible thaw in ties when the two countries engaged in backchannel talks in 2021. The secret meetings between senior security officials of Pakistan and India in the UAE led to the renewal of ceasefire understanding along the Line of Control in February 2021.
The next move was to restore bilateral trade, but the process came to a halt when the government of then-premier Khan turned down the decision to import sugar and cotton from India.
Some reports later claimed that backchannel talks even discussed the possibility of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Pakistan.