‘India ready for constructive engagement with Pak’

‘India ready for constructive engagement with Pak’
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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written to his newly elected Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan, conveying New Delhi’s commitment to pursue “meaningful” and “constructive” engagement with Islamabad and emphasising the need to work for a terror-free South Asia, official sources said on Monday.
In a letter to Khan on August 18, the day he was sworn in as Pakistan’s 22nd prime minister, Modi also expressed India’s commitment to building good neighbourly relations between the two countries while congratulating him, the sources said.
On July 30, Modi had telephoned Khan to congratulate him on his party’s victory in the general elections and expressed hope that both countries will work to open a new chapter in bilateral ties.
Days before Modi’s phone call, Khan said he wanted to improve ties with India and resolve all the issues through talks. “If India takes one step towards us, we will take two.”
In the letter, Modi recalled his telephonic conversation with Khan, in which they spoke of their shared vision to bring peace, security and prosperity in the Indian subcontinent to make it free of terror and violence, the sources said, quoting from the letter.
In his letter, the prime minister also expressed the belief that the smooth transition of government in Pakistan will strengthen and cement people’s belief in democracy.
“PM expressed India’s commitment to build good neighbourly relations between India and Pakistan and pursue meaningful and constructive engagement for the benefit of the people of the region,” a source said.