Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a congratulatory letter to Imran Khan and said that the country is committed to peaceful neighbourly ties with Pakistan.
According to PTI, in a letter, Modi said that India is looking for constructive and meaningful engagement with Pakistan.
Modi has reportedly also stressed on the need to work for terror-free South Asia
In his an-hour-long maiden address to the nation a day after his swearing in as the country’s 22nd prime minister, Khan said that the country will enter into talks with all neighbours to normalise ties, as without it peace can’t be brought in the country.
The minister also claimed that Narendra Modi has written a letter to Imran Khan in which he indicated beginning of talks between the two countries
Stating that there is a need for continued and uninterrupted dialogue with India, he said, “We are neighbours. We have long-standing issues, both of us know these problems. But we have no other option but to engage in dialogue. We cannot afford adventurism.”
Qureshi also said that the issues are complicated and the two countries may face hurdles in resolving them, he added, “We must engage. We will have to admit that we are facing problems, we must admit that Kashmir is a reality. The Islamabad declaration is a part of our history.”
President Mamnoon Hussain also administered the oath to the 16 federal ministers. Newly sworn-in Prime Minister Khan was by his side.
The ministers who took the oath include Shah Mehmood Qureshi as the Foreign Minister, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Finance Minister Asad Umer, Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry, Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood, Health Minister Amir Kiani, Religious Minister Nooru Haq Qadri and Railway Minister Sheikh Rashid.