Pak PM Imran Khan speaks to PM Modi, expresses desire to work together

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday spoke to his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi and expressed his desire to work together for the betterment of their peoples.


Foreign Office spokesman Mohammad Faisal said that Khan also congratulated Modi on his party's electoral victory in the Lok Sabha elections in India.

“Reiterating his vision for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia, Prime Minister Khan said he looks forward to working with Prime Minister Modi to advance these objectives”, Faisal tweeted.

“PM expressed his desire for both countries to work together for the betterment of their peoples”, he added.

Khan's telephone call to Modi came days after the cricketer-turned-politician congratulated PM Modi on Twitter.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia”, Imran Khan had tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also responded to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan's congratulatory message on Twitter.

"Thank you PM ImranKhan. I warmly express my gratitude for your good wishes. I have always given primacy to peace and development in our region," Modi had tweeted.

In April, Khan had said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Modi's party BJP wins the general elections.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party bagged a landmark victory for a second five-year term in office.

The Bharathiya Janata Party had secured 303 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s tally along with that of its allies (NDA) has been pushed up to 352 in the 17th Lok Sabha.

Tensions between India and Pakistan escalated after the February 14 Pulwama terror attack.

On February 14, an explosives-laden truck rammed into a CRPF convoy in Pulwama outside Srinagar, killing more than 40 soldiers in one of the biggest terror attacks in recent years.

The convoy comprised 78 buses in which around 2500 personnel were travelling from Jammu to Srinagar.

On February 26, the Indian Air Force carried out a counter-terror operation and attacked terror camps in Balakot area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

The air strikes come 12 days after the dreaded terror outfit-Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) carried out a debilitating attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.

In response, On February 27, Pakistani F-16 jets violated the Line of Control and the aerial fight ensued.

Subsequently, Indian fighter jet shot down Pakistan’s F-16 fighter jet, which landed in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Pakistan Air Force retaliated and downed a MiG-21 and captured an Indian pilot Abhinandan Varthaman. However, on March 1, he was released.

 

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