Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Sunday said he had raised with Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “plight of minorities in India” during his recent visit besides touching upon the Kashmir issue and cricket.
The 63-year-old Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief said the impact of the ‘plight’ was also felt in Pakistan, stressing that the Indian leadership give a clear message to end discrimination against minorities. Rejecting the ruling PML-N’s criticism that he did not raise Kashmir with Modi, the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief said: “I had told the Indian prime minister that at one point of time, Pakistan and India had reached very close to resolving the Kashmir issue.
“The issue can be resolved through talks,” he told reporters here on his return from the two-day visit as he also called for improving bilateral trade ties.
“Imran Khan should have talked with the Indian premier on all important issues but he ended up just talking about cricket. His visit to India is that of a sportsman and not of a politician,” Rashid had said. Responding to the allegations, Imran said: “I had also raised the issue of plight of minorities in India and told Mr Modi that its impact was also felt in Pakistan and stressed that the Indian leadership should give a clear message to end discrimination against minorities.”
His remarks hinted at the cancellation of renowned Pakistani singer Ghulam Ali’s concert in October due to protests by Shiv Sainiks. The same month also witnessed the infamous ink attack on Sudheendra Kulkarni, chairman of Observer Research Foundation, again, by the Shiv Sainiks during the release of a book by former foreign minister Khurshid Kasuri.