ISLAMABAD - Prime Minister Imran Khan Friday warned India that one-sided efforts for peace ‘cannot bear any fruit’.

Speaking to a group of India journalists here, PM Khan complained that India was not responding to Pakistan’s efforts for talks aimed at the regional peace.

“The Indian response has so far been disappointing,” he regretted, adding he had approached India from day one in office as Pakistan will take two steps if New Delhi takes one to improve ties.

To a question, PM Khan said that his government had inherited the Hafiz Saeed issue and hence he could not be held responsible for the past.

“There are UN sanctions against Hafiz Saeed. There is already a clampdown on the Jamaatud Dawa chief,” he said when asked about punishing the alleged Mumbai attack mastermind.

He said Pakistan will not allow anyone to use its soil for terror. “It is not in our interest to allow use of our territory for terrorism. We should forget past and live in the present not history. Pakistanis want peace with India. The mindset of people here has changed,” he maintained.

“Pakistan’s approach is positive but India will have to bring change in its mindset,” the prime minister said. “We have given an open invitation to India and it is now up to them how they respond.” The one-sided game, however, could not continue for a long time and the Indian side would have to come forward in that regard, he added.

This week, Prime Minister Khan performed the ground-breaking of the four kilometers long Kartarpur Corridor. An Indian delegation comprising Minister for Food Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Housing Hardeep S Puri, Indian Punjab Minister for Local Government and Tourism and former cricketer Navjot Singh Sidhu attended the event.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had also extended invitation to his Indian counterpart Sushma Swaraj and Chief Minister of India’s Punjab province Amarinder Singh but the two declined for different reasons.

Later, Sushma Swaraj also announced that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not travel to Pakistan for the proposed South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit - the dates for which are yet to be finalized. “Opening Kartarpur corridor doesn’t mean that the bilateral dialogue with Pakistan will start,” she contended.

Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammed Faisal had earlier said Pakistan will invite Prime Minister Modi to attend the SAARC summit – possibly this year.

The nuclear armed neighbours have fought three wars since gaining independence from the British in 1947. The two regularly trade allegations of harassment and espionage against diplomats.

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Prime Minister Imran Khan said India will have to respond to Pakistan’s peaceful gestures in order to move forward to address the longstanding disputes. “One-sided efforts cannot bear fruits. India will have to respond. I approached India from day one in the office,” he remarked.

He said he felt India’s lack of response to Pakistan’s outreach seemed to be governed by electoral calculations. Khan said there was a complete consensus in Pakistan for developing better relations with India.

Imran Khan said dialogue was the only option for Pakistan and India to move forward on the path of peace.

He stressed there should be no pre-conditions for dialogue as it will mean ‘there is no intention for peace.’

Prime Minister Khan reiterated that Kashmir was the only core issue between the two countries. He said the solution of this problem was possible provided the leadership of both countries demonstrate will towards that end.

The premier said there were great dividends of peace between the two neighbouring countries. He said the resolution of Kashmir dispute will benefit the whole sub-continent as it open the region for trade and economic activities.

About the killing of Kashmiris by the Indian troops and gross human rights violations in the occupied valley, the prime minister said the Indian government should not treat the Kashmir issue merely as a territorial dispute rather a humanitarian one.  He said by opening the Kartarpur corridor, Pakistan had demonstrated positivity and Islamabad believed in people-to-people contacts.

To a question, he said the present government would provide facilities to Indian pilgrims as it would encourage religious tourism.