Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke with cricketer turned politician- Imran Khan, the chairperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party, and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest party in the country’s recently held general election on Monday.
“Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan”, the official statement said.
“Prime Minister Modi also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood,” the statement further said.
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Meanwhile, in Islamabad, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party said in a statement that Imran Khan thanked Prime Minister Modi for his good wishes.
“The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue,” Khan was quoted as saying in the statement.
Mr. Khan, during his conversation with Modi, also suggested that the governments of Pakistan and India “should devise a joint strategy to free their people from the trap of poverty“.
He also said that “war and bloodshed instead of resolving conflicts give birth to tragedies“.
According to media reports, Khan had said he will take oath as the Prime Minister on August 11. Although, PTI emerged as a party with majority, it is still short of numbers needed to form the government.