Reacting on Prime Minister Imran Khan’s recent remarks that the Narendra Modi-led party’s victory in the ongoing election will boost chances of peace talks between the two countries, his Indian counterpart said it was an attempt by the former cricketer to influence the polls with his ‘reverse swing’.
“We should not forget that Imran Khan was a cricketer and his recent statement was an attempt at reverse swing to influence Indian elections,” Modi told The Times of India in an interview published on Wednesday.
“However, Indians know how to hit a ‘helicopter shot’ on a reverse swinging delivery,” he added.
On April 16, Premier Imran while giving an interview to a small group of foreign journalists had said: “If the next Indian government is led by the opposition Congress party, it might be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), fearing a backlash from the right.”
He added: “Perhaps if the BJP [Bharatiya Janata Party] – a right wing party — wins, some kind of settlement on Kashmir could be reached.”
Modi also said that Imran had used a slogan targeting him during Pakistan elections, according to a report published in India Today.