Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Imran Khan- The ideal match for Pakistan

Imran Khan- The ideal match for Pakistan

Imran Khan's party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI - is considering inviting leaders of SAARC countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath taking ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, a party official said today. Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for India's External Affairs Ministry, said Modi expressed hope that democracy would take deeper root in Pakistan.

Modi also reiterated his "vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood" during his conversation with Imran Khan.

Imran Khan will be sworn in as Pakistan's new Prime Minister before the country's independence day on August 14, his party has announced as it is trying to reach out to smaller parties and independents to form the next government.

But the 116 seats won by Khan's lawmakers were not enough to give him a majority in the 272-seat National Assembly without coalition partners, and he has ruled out both of the other two major parties, calling them corrupt.

Cricket star Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistan's general elections, but his win is being overshadowed by allegations of election rigging.

If Modi attends Imran's swearing-in, certainly it will be a big news given that all is not well between Modi and Imran who has the backing of Pakistan Army. According to PTI sources, Khan has consulted his party leaders about the federal cabinet and formation of government in Punjab where PML-N is also in the race.

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.

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In December 2015, when the terror attack in Pathankot was still nearly a month away, Khan had met Modi in New Delhi as an Opposition leader and praised the positive aspects in the two neighbours' bilateral ties and expected the ties between them to get closer.

"The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue", Khan was quoted as saying in the statement.

"If India's leadership is ready, we are ready to improve ties with India".

During his victory speech on Thursday Khan said: "We want to work in every possible way to ensure peace in Afghanistan".

Azharuddin believes Khan has a tough road ahead, especially when it comes to bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.

The ties between the two countries got strained after terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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