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Criticising India for its repeated rebuffs, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that that he would no longer seek peace dialogues, as 'there was no point in talking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’.

In an interview with The New York Times, the premier who since assuming office last year has made countless efforts to engage with India said that he would now no longer seek dialogues from the neighbour. The PM further said that seeking dialogues raise threat of a military escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours.

The prime minister said that there is nothing more that Pakistan can do as India has dismissed his efforts for communication both before and after the neighbour stripped off the special status given to Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) . “There is no point in talking to them. I mean, I have done all the talking. Unfortunately, now when I look back, all the overtures that I was making for peace and dialogue, I think they took it for appeasement,” he added.

On August 5, Indian government abrogated Article 370 from its constitution, therefore, stripping off the special status given to IoK. India also deployed thousands of its forces to the already militated region and has since then arrested more than 4000 Kashmiris.

IoK has been in lock down for more than two weeks and communication access like landline and internet services have also been suspended in majority areas of the region.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2019