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India rubbishes Pak media reports on PM Modi's letter, says terror and talks can't go together

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jun 20, 2019, 12.02 PM (IST) Written By: Anas Mallick , Sidhant Sibal

India has rubbished reports in Pakistani media that PM Modi wrote a letter to his Pakistani counterpart expressing desire to resume talks between the two countries.

Responding to queries on PM Modi's response to Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan's congratulatory message on BJP's win in Indian general elections, the Ministry of External Affairs said, "The Indian response is as per the established diplomatic practice and the India side highlighted that New Delhi seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan."

PM Modi and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, responding to congratulatory letters by Imran Khan and Pakistani Foreign Minister SM Qureshi, asked Islamabad to create an environment free of terror. India seeks normal and cooperative relations with all neighbours, including Pakistan, both PM Modi and foreign minister Jaishankar highlighted in their letters.

In his message, PM Modi said, "It is important to build an environment of trust, free of terror, violence and hostility." Foreign minister Jaishankar emphasised the need for an "atmosphere free from the shadow of terror and violence".

India has said no talks with Pakistan will happen till it takes action on terror groups on its territory and that has been Modi government's policy in its first term.

During the recent Shanghai Cooperation Organisation or SCO meet in Bishkek both Indian and Pakistani premiers were in the same room many times but no bilateral meeting or pull-aside happened though pleasantries were exchanged once.

Pakistani PM Imran Khan had called PM Modi after his election victory on May 23. During the conversation, no invite was extended to Imran Khan for the oath-taking of Narendra Modi on May 30 and New Delhi had called for the need to create an environment free of terrorism.

Ties between the two countries are frayed since the Pulwama terror attack on February 14 whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammed.