'The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India,' Imran said.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has renewed his open offer for dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues with India. Imran gave his statement welcoming the ceasefire recently announced between Indian and Pakistani border security forces along the Line of Control (LoC).
The Pakistani premier said the country has "always stood for peace and remains ready to move forward to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue."
"The onus of creating an enabling environment for further progress rests with India," he said.
Imran's renewed offer for dialogue to India comes after the Director Generals for Military Operations (DGMO) of both countries mutually agreed to enforce the ceasefire from Feb.25, 2021 along the disputed LoC, which has remained extremely tense with escalated engagements of shelling from both sides, leaving casualties of officials and civilians.
However, Imran marked Feb.27, 2021 as "Surprise Day," congratulating the armed forces of the country for successfully conducting Operation Swift Retort, which led to the downing of at least two Indian aircrafts (MiG21 & SU-30) jets and the capture of Wing Commander Abhinandan.
"The country demonstrated responsible behaviour in the face of India's irresponsible military brinkmanship by returning the captured Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot," he said.
An artist gives finishing touches to a Cessna aircraft with a portrait of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. AFP
"I congratulate the entire nation and salute our Armed Forces on the 2nd Anniversary of our response to India's illegal, reckless military adventure of airstrikes against Pakistan", he added.
Imran said Pakistan is a proud and confident nation as it responded with determined resolve at a time and place of its own choosing.
Analysts however, believe that New Delhi's agreement to enforcing a ceasefire at the LoC may be due to its tense standoff with China, which has been going on for months.
Indo-Asian News Service
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