Narendra Modi congratulates Imran Khan, talks about peace, development in neighbourhood

Narendra Modi congratulates Imran Khan, talks about peace, development in neighbourhood

Narendra Modi congratulates Imran Khan, talks about peace, development in neighbourhood

Just a few hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated PTI chief Imran Khan over his historic win in Pakistan General Elections 2018, it has been reported that Imran Khan is now considering to invite the leader for his oath-taking ceremony. The MEA also stated that Modi "also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood".

On July 30, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had also telephoned the PTI chairman to congratulate him on his poll win. "We now have the backing of 168 members including coalition parties and the reserved seats for minorities and women and we are in talks with more independent candidates, who will join us in the coming days", he told journalists in Islamabad.

"We are in a complicated situation", said Farooq Sattar, a senior leader of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a party that won six Assembly seats.

But it's unclear whether they have the political will or the seats to prevent Khan - a former cricket star who is believed to be backed by the military - from becoming the next prime minister.

On Thursday, as he declared victory in the election, Khan said India and Pakistan should resolve the Kashmir dispute through talks.

The allegations of rigging in Wednesday's election followed a bitter campaign in which Pakistan's powerful military was accused of tilting the race in favour of Khan, and trying to erase democratic gains made since the most recent spell of military rule ended in 2008. However, some party leaders oppose this decision, suggesting the prime minister-in-waiting not to give up Lahore seat because they believe it may be hard for the party to win it back.

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Jailed former prime minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) with 64 seats and former president Asif Ali Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) with 43 seats are placed at number two and three respectively, the ECP said.

In other areas, the commission said, "polling staff appeared to be biased toward a certain party", without naming the party. "The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue", he was quoted as telling Modi. Modi hoped that a new chapter would begin in bilateral ties and both the nations would work together.

"Instead of answers to conflicts, wars and bloodbath give birth to tragedies", the PTI chief said, according to the press release.

Mr Khan in his victory speech had also said that better relations between Pakistan and India would be "good for all of us".

On July 28, the MEA in a statement said that "India desired to have a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours".

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