Imran Khan evades question on Taliban, blames RSS ideology for no talks with India

As the Taliban fighters are rapidly making advances in Afghanistan and capturing new territories every passing day, the role of Pakistan pertaining to regional security has become a cause of concern.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said the ideology of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) has become the impediment to peaceful coexistence with India. Khan was responding to a question on whether “talks and terror can go hand in hand”.

“We can tell India that we [Pakistan] have been waiting for a long time to coexist as civilised neighbours…but what to do? the ideology of RSS has come in between,” said Khan, while evading a question on whether Pakistan has no control over the Taliban anymore.

Khan was in Tashkent for the Central-South Asia conference to discuss the “challenges and opportunities in Uzbekistan.” About 250 participants and 40 delegates from different countries are supposed to take part in the two-day conference. External affairs minister S Jaishankar is also in Tashkent for the high-level meeting.

Hindustan Times

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