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In a phone call with Imran Khan, Modi says 'ready to enter new era of ties with Pakistan'

Tuesday July 31, 2018 0:18 AM, News Network

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[Imran Khan had called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his recent visit to New Delhi (File photo)]

New Delhi/Islamabad: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday called Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chief Imran Khan on telephone and congratulated him for leading his party to victory and emerge as the single largest party in the recently concluded national elections.

"Prime Minister spoke to Imran Khan, Chairperson of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Party and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recently conducted general elections", Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

"The Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan. The Prime Minister also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood", the ministry added.

The Ministry of External Affairs did not divulge further about what more transpired between the two when they spoke on phone. However in a press statement released today, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf claimed that Narendra Modi said "his government is ready to enter a new era of ties with Pakistan".

"We are ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan," Modi was quoted as saying by the PTI press release.

According to the statement, Modi said both the countries should adopt a joint strategy for progress in bilateral ties.

The PTI statement said Imran Khan thanked Narendra Modi for his good wishes. "The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue," he was quoted as telling Modi, according to Dawn.

"Instead of answers to conflicts, wars and bloodbath give birth to tragedies," the PTI chief said, according to the press release.

Khan said the two governments should devise a joint plan of action to free people of both the countries from the cruel trap of poverty.

Imran Khan's PTI has won 115 seats in the July 25 National Elections. It needs the support of 137 members to form the government. Prime Minister Modi called Imran Khan amidst the reports that the PTI has garnered enough support and Imran Khan is set to be new Prime Minister of Pakistan very soon.

The PTI had on Saturday said Imran Khan will sworn in as Prime Minister of Pakistan before August 14 - the country's Independence Day.

Modi's telephone call to Imran Khan is significant as there was a commotion in a section of Indian media after Imran Khan in his first press talk after winning the election referred Kashmir as the key issue even as he expressed his desire to go an extra mile to restore ties between the two countries".

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