Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday expressed hope that Pakistan would work in the direction to make the country ‘terror and violence’ free under the new government of Imran Khan.
In an interview to news agency ANI, Modi said he called Prime Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chief to congratulate on his victory and he hoped that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region.
“I have always said that we wish to have good neighbourly relations. We have also taken various initiatives in this regard. I recently congratulated Imran Khan on his victory in the elections. We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence,” the Prime Minister responded when asked if India is ready to hold talks with Pakistan.
Prime Minister Modi had called up Khan on July 30 and congratulated him on his electoral success. Modi had expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan.
Congratulating Khan for the win in the country’s general elections, Modi reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood. Khan thanked Modi for his wishes and emphasised that disputes should be resolved through dialogue.
Pakistan had welcomed Prime Modi’s congratulatory phone call to PTI chief Imran Khan and said it wanted resumption of bilateral talks which were halted in 2015.
Pakistan went to polls on July 25 and Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats.
Soon after emerging victorious in the elections, Khan in his first speech said he wanted to have good relations with India and work to resolve all outstanding issues through dialogue.