Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s remark on PM Modi taken out of context: Foreign Minister

Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement regarding the outcome of general elections in India was taken out of context. In the interview, Imran Khan had said “Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party…wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached.”

Mahmood Qureshi said that only the Indian public will decide the winner of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections. (Photo: Reuters

Pakistan Foreign Minister Mahmood Qureshi on Thursday said that Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement regarding the outcome of general elections in India was taken out of context as “everyone knows” about Imran Khan’s reservations regarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to a media report.

During an interview to foreign journalists, Imran Khan had said that Islamabad and New Delhi had a better chance of peace talks and settling the Kashmir issue only if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.

Imran Khan’s remarks drew sharp reactions from opposition parties in Pakistan as well as in India.

The foreign minister, addressing the Senate’s Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday, said that PM Imran Khan’s statement was “published out of context”.

He said that Prime Minister Khan’s reservations regarding PM Modi “are on the record and everyone knows his (Khan’s opinion of him”.

Mahmood Qureshi said that only the Indian public will decide the winner of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

A Pakistani daily reported that Senators in Pakistan during a session of the Senate Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs on Thursday criticised Prime Minister Khan’s statement, saying PM Modi is a “danger to Pakistan”.

In the interview, Imran Khan had said “Perhaps if the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party…wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached.”

Congress party on Wednesday said that Pakistan has now “officially allied” with PM Modi and a vote for him would mean a vote for the neighbouring country.