Hopes rekindled

Hopes rekindled
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi calling up the chief of Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf Party Imran Khan, who is all set to take oath as new Prime Minister of Pakistan on August 11, has rekindled hope that relations between India and Pakistan can improve if both the leaders decide to bury the hatchet and make a new beginning.
Soon after PTI emerged as the single largest party in the recently held elections in Pakistan, Khan expressed his desire to improve relations with India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has responded to Imran’s initiative by calling him up and congratulating him for his victory in the elections.
When Prime Minister Narendra assumed the office in 2014 he invited heads of all the important countries in his oath taking ceremony. Even the then Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif also attended the ceremony and it looked like that relations between the two countries would improve. Prime Minister Modi’s unannounced visit to Lahore took everyone by a surprise. But the militants carrying out a strike in Pathankot a few days after PM Modi visited Pakistan reversed the entire process.
After Imran appearing on the scene people in both the countries have kept their fingers crossed and are hoping that relations between both the nuclear neighbours would improve so that people heave a sigh of relief and the threat of war vanishes.
More than anyone else it’s the people of Jammu and Kashmir who want that relations to improve as they know that they are the worst sufferers.
Kashmiri leaders have cut across the party lines and have welcomed the statement of Imran Khan and are hoping that things would change for better.