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PM Modi congratulates Imran Khan on Pakistan election victory, hopes democracy will take deeper roots

PM Modi congratulated Imran Khan on his party emerging as the largest party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recent general elections.

india Updated: Jul 31, 2018 00:02 IST
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Imran Khan, 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, an official statement said on Monday night.

“Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan”, the statement further said.

Prime Minister Modi also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood.

In Islamabad, the Khan’s party issued a statement that Khan thanked Prime Minister Modi for his good wishes, PTI reported.

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

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 the Khan’s party has emerged as the single largest party in the National Assembly in the July 25 polls, it is short of numbers to form its government independently.

(With PTI inputs)

First Published: Jul 30, 2018 22:11 IST