Imran Khan could invite Narendra Modi for oath-taking ceremony

Imran Khan could invite Narendra Modi for oath-taking ceremony

The "prime minister also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood", it added.

As opposition parties, which lost the election, were protesting against Khan's victory and attributing it to rigging that, they alleged, happened mostly during the counting of ballots and results tabulation, the PTI leader was making his first address to the nation.

When contacted, the PTI's Shafqat Mehmood claimed that no formal meeting had taken place in Banigala and that they (PTI leaders) had a general discussion on the challenges the party could face after formation of the government, but no names of federal ministers or chief ministers were discussed.

But it's unclear whether they have the political will or the seats to prevent Khan - a former cricket star who is believed to be backed by the military - from becoming the next prime minister.

Pakistan's likely new prime minister Imran Khan opened coalition talks with at least one smaller party and independent politicians on Saturday, a spokesman said, after the announcement of full results of an election disputed by rivals.

In a statement Khomeini Bukhari, a British Pakistani who resides in Nigeria and is the Director of Africa Peel Aston Global said, "Imran Khan is the Muhammudu Buhari Pakistan has been long awaiting".

The daily, however, took a dig at the Indian government, saying while Islamabad was ready to make efforts to improve ties with New Delhi, there was no apparent attempt seen from the Indian side.

The PTI leader also said that the chief minister of Punjab will be the decision of Imran Khan.

His main opponent, Hamza Shahbaz Sharif, said that his party has "reservations" over the way the election was held, but conceded to strengthen the country's democracy.

Briefing about the party's strength for forming a government in the province, PTI Spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that with the joining of 10 more independents on Monday, the PTI's number had reached 149. "The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue", he was quoted as telling Modi.

The United States welcomed the new leadership in Pakistan.

It said the views expressed by Khan during his speech about Pakistan's future ties with its neighbours and global powers were "sensible and aspirational".

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.

Khan thanked Modi for his wishes. The attack on Pathankot airbase in January 2016 and the Pakistan terror strike on Uri killing 17 Indian soldiers have deeply hurt India and Indian Army.

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