PM Narendra Modi congratulates Imran Khan over electoral success


Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Friday started preparations for the formation of his party's government in the capital after the PTI won a majority of seats in the National Assembly. Reiterating his vision of peace in the region, Narendra Modi expressed hopes of democracy in the country.

As Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan is all set to sworn-in as the new PM on August 11, all eyes are on Islamabad.

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The PTI leader also said that the PTI is in talks with various political parties for support to form the government in the capitaland in Punjab.

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Officials from Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, party said they were in talks with independents and at least one other political party to form a coalition government.

But it would be foolish to deny Khan's popularity among a sizeable section of the country's population that he has invigorated with his energetic anti-corruption campaign and his promise of a "naya" Pakistan, which would be egalitarian and where meritocracy will prevail and not dynasties as in Sharif's party.

"We hope Pakistan's PTI chief will lead Pakistan and improve relations with neighboring countries as global cooperation and friendly relations is a key to successes and prosperity", Geelani said. Thanking Modi for his wishes, Imran Khan said that the disputes between the two nations must be settled with dialogue.

According to the statement, Modi said both the countries should adopt a joint strategy for progress in bilateral ties.

Majority-Muslim Pakistan has criticized India in recent years about what it calls New Delhi's heavy-handed tactics in Kashmir, as well as violence suffered by the Muslim-minority groups in India at the hands of Hindu extremists.

It said the views expressed by Khan during his speech about Pakistan's future ties with its neighbours and global powers were "sensible and aspirational".