Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

India must pay heed to Imran's peace overtures

India must pay heed to Imran's peace overtures

According to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Prime Minister Modi called for peace and development in the entire neighbourhood.

Imran Khan has said that he will be taking oath as the new Prime minister of Pakistan on August 11.

The PTI chief is now actively engaged in forging alliances to form a coalition government in the center, Punjab, and Balochistan.

Fawad Chaudhary said that the party also enjoys the support of PML-Q as it had contested elections on the basis of seat adjustment with PTI.

He also said that a possible venue for the oath-taking ceremony could be D-Chowk - a very important junction in Islamabad, leading up to the Presidency, the Prime Minister's House, the Supreme Court of Pakistan, and the Parliament.

Khan in his address to the nation after the polls said, "Kashmir is the core issue between India and Pakistan and the two countries should resolve it through dialogue".

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.

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.

The former wife of Pakistan's new Prime Minister says he is only focused on winning.

I, particularly paid attention to his foreign policy, mainly involving India, and felt relieved when he completely eschewed warmongering and positively talked about improving ties, opening doors for communication and trade.

Despite her trepidation, Dr Nighat said any change would be positive and she is willing to give Mr Khan a chance.

Khan, the former iconic cricketer, who formed the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 and struggled at times forlornly for over two decades before being declared the victor in this month's general election, was speaking before embarking on the task of government formation.

In his call to Khan, Modi hoped that "Pakistan and India will work to open a new chapter in bilateral ties".

India's first response to the elections came on Saturday when it had welcomed the fact that the "people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections".

Khan, during a speech declaring victory on Thursday, offered to investigate opposition allegations of vote-rigging and said he wanted to "unite" the country under his leadership.

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