Modi calls for South Asia peace in chat with Imran Khan

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to former Pakistani cricketer Imran Khan, whose Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has emerged as the largest party in the country’s general elections last week, and called for peace and...

Indian Prime Minister on Monday spoke to former Pakistani Imran Khan, whose Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party has emerged as the largest party in the country’s last week, and called for peace and development in the South Asian neighbourhood.

spoke to Imran Khan, of Tehreek-e-Insaf party and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the of in the recently conducted general elections,” the said in a statement.

expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan,” the statement said, adding Modi “also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood”.

has said that he will take oath as Prime Minister on August 11, the media reported on Monday.

Although the PTI has emerged as the single largest party in the in the July 25 polls, it is short of numbers to form its government independently.

To meet the required number of votes, the PTI leadership has reportedly approached the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan, the Grand Democratic Alliance, PML-Quaid and the Awami Party, as well as Independents.

Khan said on Thursday that his government would seek good relations with and would like leaders of the two countries to sit across the table and resolve all disputes, including the “core issue” of 

He said there has been a blame game between and Pakistan with holding responsible for all its problems. And Pakistan is blaming for what is happening in Balochistan, he said.

“We are (back to) square one. We are ready to improve relationship with India. Now it is a one way blame on Pakistan.”

He said trade between India and Pakistan can be instrumental in eradicating poverty in the subcontinent which should be the focus of the two countries.

The 19th (Saarc) Summit, scheduled to be held in in November 2016, was cancelled after India, Afghanistan, and decided to skip the summit blaming Pakistan for not cooperating in combating cross-border in 


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