Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement that there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) wins the upcoming general election has kicked up a row in India.
“If the next Indian government were led by the Congress party, it might be too scared to talk to Pakistan, fearing a backlash from the right,” Imran Khans was quoted as saying by Reuters.
"Perhaps if the BJP - a right-wing party - wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached," Khan told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview, Reuters reported.
Khan said this was despite the massive alienation that Muslims in Kashmir and Muslims in general were facing in Modi's India. "I never thought I would see what is happening in India right now," said the cricketer-turned-politician. "Muslim-ness is being attacked," he said.
Imran Khan’s statement came as a shock in the Congress camp as they considered Imran as an anti-Modi leader. But Congress leaders yet to come out with a response.