Modi-Imran tele talks: Mehbooba hopes for thaw in Indo-Pak ties

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

Imran is likely to be sworn in as the new prime minister.

Imran Khan's party - Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf or PTI - is considering inviting leaders of SAARC countries, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi to his oath taking ceremony as the Prime Minister of Pakistan, a party official said today.

Pakistan Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI), or Pakistan Movement for Justice, has taken the decisive lead by winning 115 seats against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and former President Asif Zardari's Pakistan Peoples Party which won 64 and 43 seats, respectively. But, he added, his party would "rather be part of the government than protest on the streets". Yet, India strongly believes that Pak can't be trusted considering the past experiences.

"We think a robbery has been committed", Maulana Fazalur Rehman, head of the religious Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) party, told reporters. Leading a country and leading a cricket team are totally two different things.

"We need to see more jobs, feel safer and reduce the numbers of poor and in-need families".

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Khan will face myriad challenges, including militant extremism, an economic crisis with speculation that Pakistan will have to seek a bailout from the International Monetary Fund, water shortages and a booming population.

The $57 China-Pakistan Economic Corridor, a series of port and rail improvements associated with China's One Belt One Road infrastructure push, has led to massive imports of Chinese equipment and materials, swelling Pakistan's current account deficit. There were systemic efforts to undermine Khan's main rival party and the conduct of the election was not as good as the previous one in 2013, he said. Multiple failures and the existing political situation in Pakistan reshaped Khan's identity form a fun-loving liberal to a conservative tactician. It has invested in Pakistan's Gwadar Sea Port that could give the Chinese military access to another facility west of India. "Then only he can look to solve other problems", Azharuddin said. First, those things have to stop, then only India will (come forward to) talk. "People claim to do so many things and we hope for the best".

During the telephonic exchange, the two leaders exchanged the hope for the beginning of a positive chapter in the bilateral relations.

"Despite the sometimes heated campaign rhetoric, there is a consensus among all major national political parties (in Pakistan) that ties with India must improve - a consensus that is invaluable and is arguably missing from Indian politics today".

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