PM Modi Dials Imran Khan

Islamabad/New Delhi, July 31: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf leader Imran Khan has started government formation process and has cancelled all meetings on Tuesday.

“Today all meetings cancelled at Bani Gala so IK can prepare for forming governments at the Centre, Punjab and KPk. This is a mammoth task requiring all cabinet and senior positions to be filled at the centre and provinces along with institutional heads,” tweeted chief spokesman of the party Naeem ul Haque.

Meanwhile, just as cricket legend-turned-hardliner politician Imran Khan inched ahead to head the next government and key regional players including Kabul endorsed his victory, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday sprang a major surprise and telephoned him to congratulate.

“Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan. He also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighborhood,” Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.

Mr Modi, often known for his hardliner stance against Pakistan, congratulated Imran for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan.

Imran Khan thanked the Indian Prime Minister for his best wishes, a report quoting Khan’s party PTI said, according to a report in website of popular Pakistani newspaper ‘Dawn’.

“We are ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan,” Mr Modi was quoted as saying bythe PTI press release”, the report further said.

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