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Indian envoy meets Imran Khan, gifts bat signed by Indian team

New Delhi : Days after Prime Minister Modi dialled Imran Khan and congratulated him on his Pakistan election victory, the Indian High Commissioner called on the Prime Minister-elect on Friday.
Indian envoy Ajay Bisaria met with Imran, Chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-E-Insaf (PTI), at the latter’s Banigala residence in Islamabad. PTI official spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry, former Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and senior leaders Naim-Ul-Haq, Shireen Mazari and Dr. Shahzad Waseem were among those present during the meeting that lasted half an hour.Bisaria congratulated Khan on his electoral success and discussed range of issues and prospects of India-Pakistan relationship. “Called on Imran Khan and his team for a positive, constructive conversation,” tweeted Bisaria. According to sources, the Indian High Commissioner raised concerns about terrorism and cross-border infiltration in the meeting. While according to PTI officials, Imran highlighted issue of alleged human rights violations in Kashmir and also hoped that the SAARC summit could be held in Islamabad soon. An India-led boycott in wake of the Uri terror attacks led to derailment of the SAARC process in 2016, which needs compulsory presence of all heads of states/governments of the eight South Asian member states.
“Khan Sahab discussed the need to restart dialogue between Pakistan and Indian on all outstanding issues including Kashmir,” tweeted senior leader Mazari.
The envoy also gifted Khan, the former Pakistan captain who led his cricket team to its first-ever World Cup victory in 1992, a bat autographed by the entire Indian cricket team. This warm gesture though is symbolic at the moment given the two sides discontinued bilateral cricketing exchange following the 26/11 Mumbai attacks. India last toured Pakistan in 2006 while the Pakistan cricket team last played on the Indian soil in 2007.

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