Modi phones Imran Khan, says 'ready to enter new era of ties with Pakistan': PTI
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday telephoned Imran Khan, congratulating him over his party's victory in the general elections and conveying best wishes for Pakistan, the Central Media Department of Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) said in a statement.
"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.
A statement issued by the Indian Ministry of External Affairs from New Delhi said Modi had spoken to Khan and "congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly of Pakistan in the recently conducted general elections."
"Prime Minister [Modi] expressed hope that de acy will take deeper roots in Pakistan," the statement quoted Modi as saying.
Modi also reiterated his "vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood" during his conversation with Khan.
According to the PTI statement, Khan thanked the Indian prime minister for his good wishes.
"The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue," he was quoted as telling Modi.
"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 go nments should devise a joint plan of action to free people of both countries from the cruel trap of poverty.
Chinese envoy calls on Khan
Also on Monday, Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Pakistan Yao Jing called on Imran Khan at his Banigala residence and congratulated him on behalf of the Chinese go nment and Communist Party on success in the recently-held general elections.
Imran Khan thanked the Chinese envoy and said Pakistan would want to benefit from the Chinese go nment’s experience in getting rid of poverty and unemployment.
“We want to collaborate with China in the fields of environment protection and renewable energy,” said the PTI chairman.
Last week, Saudi envoy retired Vice Admiral Hasham Bin Siddique had called on Imran Khan at his residence and congratulated him on his party's success.
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@Vaidyanathan. It takes two hands to clap, make no mistake, Imran Khan will not do the chicken dance, Modi ji might want to be prepared to be dealt with.
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We'll wait for next 2 steps of Pakistan after Modi's one.
I don't thing that India-Pakistan relations will become friendly as per the current situation. However, Imran Khan has to take tough decision like Modi did in India for the development of the country He is to be very clear for his objectives and process for achievement without any opposition pressure.
Finally a true leader. Whole Pakistan stand together. Excellent.
Desh bandhu Chopra
Imran as PM would do wonders for Pakistan.
Beware of Modi. He is a backstabbing liar.
Imran Khan is educated and smart, unlike the last two PM's. One, Imran Khan will not allow China to just roll over Pakistan, he understands the importance of CPEC, but he will expect more than what PML-N were willing to.Two, Imran Khan will be more focused and determined that Nawaz ever was, Modi will soon find out that its a two way street if they want peace in the neighborhood. We welcome peace in the region, its not about just two go nments or two leaders, its about more than a BILLION people.Let there be peace.
Abdul Rahman Jan
A positive move. I also believe that Imran and co are thinking about inviting Mr Modi and other SAARC leaders to the oath taking ceremony on 11th August . That would be good too. Let us hope for the best.
People should see what the Canadian minister for culture said in his speach , about IK, at the Hum Tv awards ceremony in Canada. Amazing and proud moment.
Imran Khan should NOT trust Modi, no matter what.
Modi had a foresight that Imran will be important in Pakistan politics.
Great maturity displayed by both the leaders. India in its part was in contact whith all three main political parties in Pakistan before the election. This is what a great leaders do.
@Zak Not just Modi, I think both the countries need that understanding. I think IK and Modi both are on the same page on that. That is why in his post election speech IK expressed his desire to make peace with India and Modi gracefully accepted it. This is win - win for both the countries so lets not make any negative countries and support both the leaders for goodness of both the countries.
B.Patel. U S A
@PAKISTANFIRST, agree completely. It is a courtesy gesture from other countries to congratulate a would be head of state. No need for postmortem. Just keep good hope. Congrats to Pakistan for fair elections. May the wishes of people come true.