Optimistic about strengthening bilateral ties with the upcoming Delhi post-LOK Sabha elections is the Pakistani Defence Minister.

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Pakistan’s Defence Minister, Khawaja Asif, expressed hopes for improved bilateral ties with India after the country exits its election phase, which is scheduled to take place from April 19 to June, as India has accused Pakistan of sponsoring terrorism across its borders on a regular basis, as reported by Geo News.

The relations between Pakistan and India have been diminishing for the past many years owing to Pakistan financing terrorism, purportedly offering refuge to India’s avowed terrorists and its illegal annexation of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

India most recently refrained from voting in favour of a resolution on “Measures to Combat Islamophobia” that the Pakistani envoy had presented to the UNGA.

Speaking with reporters, the military minister stated, “Our relations with India could improve after elections there.”

As Pakistan’s cross-border attacks in Iran and rising tensions with Afghanistan caused the country that borders China, India, Afghanistan, and Iran to experience tensions with all of its neighbours, with the exception of China. However, Asif is optimistic that bilateral ties with New Delhi will improve once the neighbour completes its upcoming election phase, according to a report by Geo News.

The Minister also discussed Pakistan’s relationship with Afghanistan, stating that he had personally visited the nation ruled by the Taliban and had requested that the government take decisive action to end terrorism.

The minister of defence said that he had travelled to Afghanistan with a high-level delegation to ask the Taliban leadership there to take concrete action against terrorism. But he also pointed out that the Kabul option was not realistic.


He emphasised that international law governs the treatment of the Pakistan-Afghan border, just like it does other borders worldwide, limiting cross-border travel to those in possession of valid visas.

According to him, terrorists can enter Pakistan through the undocumented migration of Afghans.

According to Geo News, he also indicated that the federal government would be taking decisive action in the next few days to eradicate terrorists entirely.

Speaking about the continuing investigation into the attack on Chinese people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), Asif stated that joint Pakistani-Chinese investigation teams had discovered certain leads and will shortly uncover all the information pertaining to the terrorist incident.

Five Chinese nationals, including a woman, and a Pakistani driver were reportedly slain, according to the Geo News story.

In response to a query, the minister stated that although Islamabad is meeting the International Monetary Fund’s (IMF) aims, the government won’t be able to help the country for at least a year and a half.

He explained that there are currently PKR 2,700 worth of unresolved tax recovery cases, while billions of rupees are being syphoned from the national exchequer by gas and energy theft. But he was hopeful that by taking decisive action, he would be able to offer the people relief within the next six months.

In response to an additional query concerning limitations on the Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project, Asif stated that the US ought to provide a substitute option to meet the nation’s energy requirements. Washington needs to take into account the precarious economic conditions, he said.

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