Indian high commissioner to Pakistan congratulates Imran Khan on election win

Indian high commissioner to Pakistan congratulates Imran Khan on election win

He was officially nominated as PTI's prime ministerial candidate as well as the leader of their parliamentary committee on Monday.

"The Indian High Commissioner briefed the PTI leadership on India's concerns about terrorism and cross-border infiltration", the Indian High Commission here said in a tweet.

Chaudhry said that Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria presented a bat signed by his country's cricket team and its captain to Imran.

The relations between Pakistan and the United States nosedived this January after President Donald Trump accused Islamabad of giving nothing to Washington but "lies and deceit" and providing "safe haven" to terrorists.

The electoral body has withheld notification of Mr Khan's victory from the constituency in view of the pending case against Imran Khan for violating the electoral code of conduct.

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The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday accepted Imran Khan's apology for violating secrecy of the ballot on election day and withdrew its notice against him - removing one hurdle from the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman's path in taking oath as the prime minister next week.

Khan also hoped for India's participation in the SAARC summit, scheduled to be held in Islamabad.

Bisaria's call on Khan comes after a telephone conversation between Khan and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 30 July, in which the latter congratulated Khan on his electoral success.

The country's caretaker prime minister announced Thursday that the National Assembly will meet on August 13 when newly elected lawmakers will be sworn in. "India desires progressive relations with Pakistan", the Indian PM was quoted as saying.

The PTI, which secured 116 general seats in the National Assembly in the July 25 polls is the largest party in the lower house of parliament. A senior leader of Pakistan Tareek-e-Insaf (PTI) told the reporters that Imran Khan has invited his Indian friends and former cricketer Kapil Dev, Navjot Singh Sidhu, Sunil Gavaskar to attend the oath ceremony. John Hoover said that the USA wants to strengthen the relationship with Pakistan.

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