Why does Imran Khan want Modi as India’s PM, asks Chidambaram

Why does Imran Khan want Modi as India’s PM, asks Chidambaram

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader and former union home minister P Chidambaram said on Thursday that while his party was happy at the United Nations Sanctions Committee designating Jaish-e-Mohammad chief Masood Azhar as a “global terrorist”, there remained the question of why Pakistani premier Imran Khan wanted Narendra Modi to continue as India’s prime minister.
Chidambaram said Masood Azhar was released in 1999 by a BJP government after the hijack of an Indian Airlines aircraft. “After Masood Azhar masterminded the Mumbai terror attack in 2008, the process to name him as a global terrorist was started by a Congress/UPA government in 2009. We are happy that the process has concluded successfully in 2019. But why does the Prime Minister of Pakistan want Mr Modi to continue as Prime Minister of India?” the former minister said in a series of tweets.
Last month, during an interaction with a small group of foreign journalists in Islamabad, Imran Khan said that he believes there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and of settling the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party, BJP, wins the general elections in India.
Khan said that other parties would be afraid of a right-wing backlash in case of a settlement on the Kashmir issue.
The Congress seized on Khan’s comments to allege that Pakistan has “officially allied” with Prime Minister Modi and said that a vote for the BJP would mean a vote for the neighbouring enemy country.
PTI