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'Give peace a chance', Imran Khan tells PM Modi

Imran Khan’s seemingly conciliatory tone came after a televised message last week in which he had warned India against launching any punitive action against Pakistan. (Reuters)Premium
Imran Khan’s seemingly conciliatory tone came after a televised message last week in which he had warned India against launching any punitive action against Pakistan. (Reuters)

  • PM Modi threw a challenge to his Pakistani counterpart, asking him to act honourably by bringing to justice those behind the strike
  • Khan said he would act immediately if New Delhi provides Islamabad with "actionable intelligence" on those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack

New Delhi: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday called on his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi to "give peace a chance" and assured him that he would keep his word and act immediately if New Delhi provides Islamabad with "actionable intelligence" on those responsible for the Pulwama terror attack.

Khan’s comment came a day after Modi threw a challenge to his Pakistani counterpart, asking him to act honourably by bringing to justice those behind the strike, if he was indeed the "son of a Pathan". Modi made the comment at a rally in Tonk, Rajasthan, on Saturday.

Recalling his conversation with Khan during a congratulatory call after he won the Pakistan elections in July, Modi said he had told him "let us fight against poverty and illiteracy" and Khan had given him his word, saying he was a Pathan who kept his word and spoke and acted in truth.

Pathans are an ethnic group with roots in Iran and are known for their deep sense of honour and self-respect.

According to PTI, a statement released by the Pakistan Prime Minister's Office on Sunday said, "PM Imran Khan stands by his words that if India gives us actionable intelligence, we will immediately act." Prime minister Modi should "give peace a chance", Khan said in the statement.

Khan’s seemingly conciliatory tone came after a televised message last week in which he had warned India against launching any punitive action against Pakistan.

Tension between India and Pakistan has been running high since the 14 February suicide attack in Pulwama in which 42 CRPF personnel were killed. New Delhi blames the attack on the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group based in Pakistan and has told Islamabad that all the evidence required to convict the perpetrators of the Pulwama attack is in Pakistan. 

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