Imran to take oath as Pakistani PM on August 11

31 July, 2018, 23:03 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • PTI continues to gain momentum

A statement released by the PMO said that PM Modi has expressed hope that after Imran Khan's win, democracy will take deeper roots in the country.

In the phone call, Modi "reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood", according to a statement by India's Ministry of External Affairs.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Khan on Monday and congratulated him on his party's victory in the elections. Meanwhile, Khan also took his party leaders in confidence about government formation in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa where the PTI has won a majority of seats and will easily form the government.

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

Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif had travelled to New Delhi to attend Modi's oath-taking ceremony, and the Indian premier had in December 2015 made a stopover in Lahore to greet his counterpart on his birthday.

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

Numerous leading rival parties here are furious about the election results, but several smaller ones are falling to the side of Khan, who over the years has undergone a complex metamorphosis from celebrity athlete and global ladies' man to strident politician.

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Khan's party also appears to have succeeded in wresting control of the local assembly in Pakistan's biggest province, Punjab, from the Sharifs.

India had on Saturday congratulated Imran Khan and said it hopes that the new government will work to build a terror-free south Asia.

As Pakistan held its election on July 25, former cricket hero Imran Khan's PTI has emerged victorious with the most number of seats in Parliament.

Khan, widely seen as Pakistan's prime minister-in-waiting, is now courting independent candidates and minor parties to form a coalition government in a nation that has fought three wars with India.

Mr Khan thanked Prime Minister Modi for his wishes and emphasised that disputes should be resolved through dialogue.

"First, there is new leadership in Pakistan", said US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in an interview with CNBC television on Monday. "India desires to have a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours".

Imran khan is the messiah for curing all the ailments crumbling away Pakistan and I prayed for his party's victory (Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaaf ) along with countless Pakistanis.

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