Imran calls Modi, congratulates him on poll win

Imran calls Modi, congratulates him on poll win

New Delhi, May 26: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan called Prime Minister Narendra Modi today to congratulate him on his landslide victory in the Lok Sabha elections.
The Pakistan foreign ministry spokesman tweeted that Imran Khan expressed his desire for India and Pakistan to work together for the people of the countries.
“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia, the Prime Minister said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives,” Mohammad Faisal tweeted.
PM Modi thanked his Pak counterpart for the phone call and suggested both countries fight poverty jointly, an MEA statement said. PM Modi also stressed that creating trust and an environment free of violence and terrorism were essential for fostering cooperation for peace, progress and prosperity in our region, the statement added.
Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also said Islamabad is ready to hold talks with the new Indian government, according to news agency IANS.
Earlier on May 23, on the day of election results, Imran Khan had tweeted to PM Modi on his thumping win.
“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” he tweeted.
India-Pakistan relations took a nosedive after a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist killed 40 CRPF soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama on February 14. Retaliation followed and India conducted air-strikes on a Jaish camp in Balakot, Pakistan on February 26.
In April, Imran Khan was quoted as saying that he saw a better chance of peace talks with India if PM Modi’s BJP won the elections. The cricketer-turned-politician had said if the next government in India were led by the Congress party, it might be “too scared” to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash.
“Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” Imran Khan was quoted as saying by news agency Reuters.
The BJP swept the crucial national elections and decimated the Congress by winning 303 seats alone surpassing its massive 282 seat win of 2014. The party along with its coalition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won a whopping 352 seats in the general elections paving way for Narendra Modi’s second term as Prime Minister.