Minister of Information of Pakistan Fawad Chaudhary has said that Pakistan will resume talks with India only after the results of 2019 General elections are out as it is “useless” to talk to the current government, reports Gulf News.
“It is useless to talk to them (India) now unless there is some stability. We will move forward once the new government is formed after the elections. We have delayed our efforts to hold talks with India because we do not expect any big decision from the present Indian leadership,” Chaudhary said.
When asked about which Indian leader would suit Pakistan when it comes to peace talks, the Minister refused to take any name and said that it does not matter for Pakistan. “We will respect any Indian leader and the party elected by the Indian people. And, we would like to move forward to hold dialogue with whosoever comes into power in India,” the Minister added.
The Minister said that it is not suitable to hold talks right now as there is no stability in Indian politics due to upcoming General elections.
Similar remarks were made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan last year when he said that Pakistan will resume peace talks with India after 2019 General elections as there is currently an “anti-Pakistan rhetoric” in India. These remarks coming from Pakistan are being viewed as an expectation from the other side of the border of a change of government in India.
The mutual appreciation of the Congress Party and Pakistan is an open secret now. Congress President Rahul Gandhi has already received support from the neighbouring country. Congress has also responded to the affection it often receives from Pakistan. Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar had even blamed India for stopping dialogue between the two countries. Congress was also seen promoting a “Modi hatao desh bachao” advertisement in Pakistan.