Pakistan PM: Congress afraid to hold talks, want BJP back in power

By  Shimon Chadha | Updated:  Apr 10, 2019, 09:54 AM

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In an interview on Tuesday, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said that despite the polarisation of the Muslims in India propagated by the right-wing ruling party, there might “be a better chance at peace talks”, if the BJP government returns back to power after the upcoming general elections, whose first phase begins tomorrow.
Khan claimed that he wouldn’t want a party like Congress to win the polls, as “they might be too afraid to hold talks with Pakistan in fear of backlash” from the right-wing organisations in the country. 
This was following the soaring tension levels in the last few months between the two countries post the terror attack by Pakistan-based group Jaish-e-Mohammad in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir, where more than 40 CRPF soldiers were killed. India retaliated 12 days later with an Indian Air Force airstrike on a training terror camp in Balakot in Pakistan. 
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi claimed last week that they had information from “reliable intelligence” of an attack by India on Pakistan in the following month, which was instantly dismissed by India. 
In the interview, the Pakistan PM went on to compare Indian Prime Minister Modi with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, for he believed both were campaigning for the elections by instilling a sense of “fear and nationalist feeling”. 
The former cricketer expressed concern over the situation of Muslims in India, especially after the BJP manifesto being released which promises to annul Articles 370 and 35A of the Constitution, both of which grant a special status to the state of Jammu and Kashmir. He further added that he had never known Indian Muslims to be so worried by the “extreme nationalism” prevalent in the country. 

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