Politician from Imran Khan's party Ramesh Vankwani urges India, Pakistan to go on path of peace, says Islamabad will act on terror if evidence given

Dr Ramesh Vankwani is the head of the Pakistan Hindu council which is the representative body of all Hindus of Pakistan. Photograph:( ANI )

WION New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 24, 2019, 07.27 PM (IST) Siddhant Sibal

Member of Pakistan's national assembly and member of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party Dr Ramesh Vankwani who was in India for the Kumbh Mela has called both India and Pakistan to develop faith and sit for dialogue. 

He said," World is moving towards peace. We have to develop faith over each other and if we do not have faith on other each other our will would weaken. Negative people are present on both sides of the border. We have to sideline them. Right now people of both the countries want peace."

Dr Ramesh Vankwani who is from the minority Hindu community of Pakistan and met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister (EAM) Sushma Swaraj said, "Once France and Germany were enemies. But today no one asks if you stay in France or Germany. Even south and north Korea moving in a positive trajectory.US President Abraham Lincoln once said--Do I not destroy my enemies when I make them my friends?”

He was present at an event on in Delhi were PM Modi and EAM Sushma addressed delegates from 182 countries who had come for Kumbh Mela.

Asked about Pakistan's involvement in Pulwama terror on February 14 whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based Jaish e, Mohammad, Vankwani said, "Not at all. Don't even think Pakistan will ever allow its territory to be used against India. If there is evidence we will act. Whether Jaish is saying to take credit or if in fact, Jaish has done, you will see action by our govt."

Adding, "Time has moved, we now take action. Our biggest religion should be humanity. Loss due to terror is a loss for all on both sides of the border."

He said he met foreign minister Sushma for 20 minutes and was with the minister of state in the ministry of external affairs General VK Singh last week during the Kumbha Mela visit along with people of other countries.

He said he will brief Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan about his meetings in Delhi and tell about the "grievances and what could be the solution". He also requested media from both the sides of the border to talk in a positive manner for the sake of peace in the region.

Vankwani is the head of the Pakistan Hindu council which is the representative body of all Hindus of Pakistan.

His presence in India comes even as New Delhi is asking Islamabad to act on terror groups on its territory in the aftermath of Pulwama attack. 

The Pulwama attack which took place on 14th February is the worst attack on Indian forces in the last two decades and killed more than 40 paramilitary forces.

 

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Ramesh Kumar Vankwani from the ruling PTI party was part of a 220-member delegation from 185 countries which was invited to attend the Kumbh festivities by ICCR.