Published: Tue, July 31, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

PM Modi may attend Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in Pakistan

PM Modi may attend Imran Khan’s oath ceremony in Pakistan

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaaf, the party led by Imran Khan who is set to take oath as the country's Prime Minister on August 11, is considering inviting the leaders of the SAARC countries including Indian premier Narendra Modi. "Prime Minister expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan", said an official statement by the Ministry of External Affairs, indicating India's support to the democratic process in Pakistan, where political parties have expressed concerns over its fairness.

The "prime minister also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood", it added.

Noor Ali, a Pakistani real estate agent, said the new prime minister and his government should prioritise providing new job opportunities for their people and work hard to eliminate poverty - which, as of 2017, was at nearly 30 per cent, according to the country's ministry of planning and reforms.

Now, the former World Cup cricket champion will have to partner with independents and smaller parties, a task analysts said should be straightforward.

One of the first tasks for Khan, once he forms the government, will be to avert a currency crisis, following four devaluations of the rupee currency since December, which will likely require Islamabad to seek Pakistan's second International Monetary Fund bailout since 2013.

Imran Khan speaks to the media after casting his vote in the Pakistan general election.

The pivotal election has been branded "Pakistan's dirtiest", after widespread claims in the months leading up to the vote that the powerful military was trying to fix the playing field in Mr Khan's favour.

When asked who will be the next chief ministers of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, he said that the matter would be decided by PTI chairman Imran Khan.

The daily, however, took a dig at the Indian government, saying while Islamabad was ready to make efforts to improve ties with New Delhi, there was no apparent attempt seen from the Indian side. Modi hoped that a new chapter would begin in bilateral ties and both the nations would work together.

"Wars and bloodshed instead of resolving disputes lead to tragedies", Khan is reported to have said.

Imran khan is the messiah for curing all the ailments crumbling away Pakistan and I prayed for his party's victory (Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaaf ) along with countless Pakistanis.

India accuses Pakistan of backing several anti-India militant groups and helping them to infiltrate the divided Kashmir region to stoke violence.

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