Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan’s prime minister, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, urging the two countries to engage in meaningful dialogue, according to the Pakistani news agency PTI.
Sharif’s letter was in response to a letter from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in which he congratulated Sharif on becoming Pakistan’s 23rd Prime Minister and expressed India’s wish for positive relations with Pakistan.
“We feel that peaceful and cooperative relations between Pakistan and India are critical for our people’s progress and the region’s socioeconomic development. “The greatest way to do this is via genuine dialogue and peaceful resolution of all unresolved conflicts, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir,” Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif stated in his letter.
PM Modi said India desired peace and stability in a region free of terror in his congratulatory message to Shehbaz Sharif on the day he assumed oath as Prime Minister.
“Congratulations on the election of H. E. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif as Prime Minister of Pakistan. PM Modi had tweeted, “India seeks peace and stability in a terror-free area so that we can focus on our development concerns and ensure the well-being and prosperity of our people.”
In a tweet, Sharif thanked PM Modi for his congratulations and brought up the Kashmir problem. “I appreciate Premier Narendra Modi’s congratulations. Pakistan wishes to maintain peaceful and cooperative relations with India. He had tweeted, “Peaceful resolution of ongoing conflicts, including Jammu and Kashmir, is essential.”
Relations between India and Pakistan have been tense since Indian Air Force jets launched an airstrike on Pakistani terror launchpads in Balakot, Pakistan, in response for the Pulwama terror assault, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.
The relationship deteriorated further when the Narendra Modi government repealed Article 370 on August 5, 2019, removing Jammu and Kashmir’s unique status.