Imran Khan may invite PM Modi for his oath ceremony

Fredrick Soto
July 31, 2018

While deploring Indian media's hate campaign, Khan said, "If we want to slash poverty in the region, then we [Pakistan and India] must practice healthy trade ties", stated Khan.

Khan has dismissed the allegations, calling the election the most transparent in the country's 71-year history, which has been dominated by military interference, either directly or indirectly.

India's foreign affairs ministry did not directly comment on Khan's call for talks, but said it welcomed that "the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections". Living away from Pakistan has made me aware of the problems snuffing out the country already marred with political instability and I truly wish to see it getting in the news for the right reasons; it pains whenever I find people associating it with terrorism and bloodshed.

Nearly-finalised results also indicated religious parties that fielded more candidates than ever before failed to win any National Assembly seats.

Smaller parties and independent candidates won the rest of the seats.

Moreover, he added: "Imran Khan received the majority votes in the general elections so he should be the one forming the government".

Khan may struggle to implement his plans to create an "Islamic welfare state" in Pakistan.

In his speech, the 65-year-old Khan vowed to wipe out corruption, strengthen institutions he called dysfunctional and regain national pride by developing global relationships based on respect and equality.

The party of jailed ex-prime minister Nawaz Sharif initially rejected the so far incomplete results, but by Friday its leaders appeared to accept that Khan would be the next prime minister.

He said Pakistan had a political importance in the Muslim world and this country was the center of hope not only for the subcontinent but for the entire Muslim Ummah. Khan has been holding meeting after meeting, and his party leaders have been furiously making long and ingratiating phone calls to charm another 20 or so politicians to join their side.

On the other hand, two other major parties, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), are expected to meet in a couple of days to devise a joint strategy in a bid to give a tough time to the PTI in parliament, Dawn reported. Pakistan's largest city of Karachi and the country's financial hub is the capital of Sindh province.

Also, when he tries to implement his agenda in a Pakistan facing a resource crunch, there may be friction with provincial governments (to whom the bulk of the resources were devolved after a Constitutional amendment in 2010) and with State institutions that get a sizeable share of the Centre's budget.

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