Imran Khan's PTI considering inviting Modi for his oath-taking ceremony
Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the leaders of South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) countries including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath-taking ceremony as the premier next month, a party official said today. The PTI has emerged as the single largest party in National Assembly after the July 25 elections, but it's still short of numbers to form the government.
Modi's call to Khan, welcoming sign for both countries: PTI
An official of PTI also termed Modi's telephone call to Khan on his victory a welcoming sign to begin a new chapter in relations between the two countries. Modi yesterday telephoned Khan to congratulate him on his party's victory in general elections and hoped that "Pakistan and India will work to open a new chapter in bilateral ties". Khan thanked Modi for his wishes.
Will take oath as Prime Minister on August 11: Khan
Khan yesterday said that he would take oath as Prime Minister on August 11. Khan in his victory speech had also said that better relations between Pakistan and India would be "good for all of us". "If India's leadership is ready, we are ready to improve ties with India. If you take one step forward we will take two steps forward," he had said.
Relations between India, Pakistan remained tense since 2014
The relations between India and Pakistan remained tense since 2014. The ties between the two countries strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The sentencing of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by Pakistan in Apr'17 further deteriorated bilateral ties. The two sides often accuse each other of ceasefire violations along the LoC.