Imran Khan's PTI considering inviting Modi for his oath ceremony

Imran Khan's PTI considering inviting Modi for his oath ceremony

Imran Khan's PTI considering inviting Modi for his oath ceremony

A supporter of Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) political party, celebrates during the general election in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, July 25, 2018.

"So far nothing has been said about inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the swearing-in", PTI's worldwide media coordinator Anila Khawaja told Firstpost.

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin has urged Pakistan's soon-to-be prime minister Imran Khan to take "bold and positive" calls like the ones he had taken on the cricket field during his time as the captain of the Pakistan cricket team.

The party, however, was short of 22 seats for a simple majority.

Beyond forming a government, Khan's most pressing concern is addressing Pakistan's rapidly deteriorating finances and many investors and analysts expect a bailout from China or the International Monetary Fund is inevitable.

Imran Khan is trying to form a coalition government that would put his Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party in charge.

The PML-N's leader Shahbaz Sharif announced his support for the "movement" but said he still needed to consult his party to see if they would boycott taking oaths that would swear them into parliament as well.

"Wars can breed tragedies instead of facilitating resolution of conflicts", he said, according to a PTI statement. "If you take one step forward, we will take two steps forward", he had said in his victory speech. The role played by the military in influencing the elections became evident from the fact that several heavy weights among the PTI's opponents, especially leaders of the Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N), were either disqualified or imprisoned in the period immediately preceding the elections.

On the other hand, Imran said in a post-election press conference that he wanted a "balanced relation" with the US. He still remains one of the most successful captains of Pakistan.

But then, he also struck a familiar note, echoing the military establishment's thinking that Kashmir is the "core issue". PTI chief Imran Khan has won five seats and will have to vacate four seats, as per the election law of the country.

The U.S. State Department, also in a Friday statement, commended "the courage of the Pakistani people, including many women" that turned out to vote.

Majority-Muslim Pakistan has criticized India in recent years about what it calls New Delhi's heavy-handed tactics in Kashmir, as well as violence suffered by the Muslim-minority groups in India at the hands of Hindu extremists.

"We aspire to a regional order - independent nations that can defend their people and compete fairly in the worldwide marketplace", Pompeo said during a speech on the Indo-Pacific region on July 30.

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