ISLAMABAD: The Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan, who is set to take oath on August 18, Friday stressed the need for resumption of talks between Pakistan and India on all outstanding issues including the longstanding dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.

Talking to Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan Ajay Basariya, who called on him at his Banigala residence, Khan pushed for resolving the outstanding dispute between the two countries.

The Indian HC congratulated PTI Chairman Imran Khan on winning the July 25 general election. After the Indian diplomat congratulated Khan for his party’s victory in last month’s general elections, Khan “expressed his grave concerns on the human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir.”

“I hope that the SAARC leaders’ conference will be held in Islamabad soon,” Khan said.

Bisaria, too, hoped that a new chapter in the Pakistan-India relations would soon begin. “The telephonic conversation between Indian PM Narendra Modi and the PTI chairman has given birth to this new hope,” he said.

“India is confident that relations with Pakistan will take a turn for the positive,” he said. The high commissioner also presented to Khan a bat signed by the members of the Indian national cricket team.

Lat week, soon after PTI emerged victorious in July 25 elections, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan, saying his country was ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan.

A statement issued by Indian High Commission in Islamabad, stated that the high commissioner congratulated Khan on his electoral success. “They discussed a range of issues focusing on prospects of the India-Pakistan relationship. The meeting lasted for thirty minutes and was marked by a candid exchange of views,” it added.