Modi rejects PM Imran's call for regional peaceModi rejects PM Imran’s call for regional peace

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed Prime Minister Imran Khan’s call for regional peace. In response to Prime Minister Imran’s congratulatory message for winning the election, Modi thanked his counterpart and added that he had “always given primacy to peace and development” in the region.

In his tweet, the prime minister congratulated Modi on the electoral victory of the Bharatya Janata Party (BJP) and renewed calls for peace. “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and its allies, and I look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Prime Minister Imran wrote.

Modi won a dramatic electoral victory on Thursday, putting his Hindu nationalist party on the path to increasing its majority in a mandate of business-friendly policies and a tough position in national security.

Just one day before the formal announcement of the final results, the foreign ministers of Pakistan and India held an unexpected “informal” meeting in the framework of the meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Kyrgyzstan.

This was the first interaction between the two countries at the level of foreign ministers since Prime Minister Imran formed the government and, more importantly, after the military strike in February this year.

Prime Minister Imran congratulates Modi on the renewal of the call for Pakistan

During the election season in India, Modi’s campaign changed towards India’s relationship with Pakistan after a young man, a native of occupied Kashmir, hit a car loaded with explosives in an Indian paramilitary convoy, killing more than 40 people in the district of Pulwama.

Following the Pulwama incident, the Indian Air Force (IAF) violated Pakistani airspace near the Line of Control (LoC) and was expelled by aircraft of the Pakistan Air Force (PAF) on February 26.

Although Pakistan has indicated its willingness to initiate talks with India, it also showed its military power, with the test of a surface-to-surface ballistic missile with a range of up to 1,500 miles (2,400 km).

PAF fighters shot down two Indian warplanes and captured a pilot after they entered their airspace while responding to a Pakistani air mission on targets inside occupied Kashmir.

In a “gesture of good will”, Pakistan handed the wing commander of the Indian Air Force (IAF), Abhinandan Varthaman, to the Indian authorities.

The United States, China, Great Britain, Russia, as well as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates committed themselves to New Delhi and Islamabad to avoid further escalation.