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South Asian reaction to PTI victory Government’s moves forward to work together


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As official results of the Pakistan election confirmed Imran Khan’s PTI to be the single largest party, India on Saturday hoped that the new government will work to build a better South Asia that is “free of terror and violence”.

The Ministry of External Affairs issued a statement to say, “We hope that new Pakistan govt will work constructively to build a safe, stable and secure South Asia free of terror and violence.” Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who is all set to become the new Prime Minister of Pakistan, addressed the nation on Thursday and said that he is willing to improve ties with India and end the blame game which has been detrimental to the sub-continent.

Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India desires a “prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbors”

In its first reaction to Imran Khan’s coming to power, the Modi government on Saturday responded positively to his message and said that India desires “a prosperous and progressive Pakistan” at peace with its neighbors. Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said India desires a “prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbors”. He said India welcomed that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections.

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“I am a person who arguably knows the most people in India because of my days in cricket. We can resolve the poverty crisis in South East Asia. The biggest problem is Kashmir,” Khan had said, suggesting that the two sides should come to the table to resolve it.

“We want to improve our relations with India, if their leadership also wants it. This blame game that whatever goes wrong in Pakistan’s Balochistan is because of India and vice versa brings us back to square one,” Khan said on the Kashmir situation. He said good India-Pakistan relations will be beneficial for the entire region and suggested to increase trade ties between the two neighbors. The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said the country is poised to become a progressive and moderate state following the landslide victory of PTI in the general elections

India has intensified contacts with Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in the run-up to government formation. The Indian mission remains in touch with senior PTI leaders who are likely to play an important role in the new government, according to sources.

South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Chamber of Commerce and Industry Senior Vice President Iftikhar Ali Malik has welcomed the first speech of PTI’s Chairman Imran Khan after winning the general elections.

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Talking to media here on Friday, he said that speech for nurturing cordial relations with neighboring countries including India, Afghanistan, and Iran hoped that Imran can play his constructive role to strengthen SAARC by bringing India and Pakistan close together which will be a harbinger of prosperity and peace in the region.

The Pakistan Economy Watch (PEW) on Sunday said the country is poised to become a progressive and moderate state following the landslide victory of PTI in the general elections. Now, the US, India and European Union should also change their attitude towards our country as global and regional stability is linked to the stability of Pakistan, it said. “International lenders like IMF, World Bank, Asian Development Bank should also alter their position which is in their best interest,” said President PEW, Dr Murtaza Mughal.

Former captain and chief selector of Srilanka’s national cricket team and former deputy minister and parliamentarian of Srilanka Sanath Jayasuriya has congratulated Imran Khan

He said that PTI has many seasoned politicians having experience of handling foreign affairs but it should not delay the announcement of their finance minister to infuse confidence in the encouraged and jubilant business community.

Former captain and chief selector of Srilanka’s national cricket team and former deputy minister and parliamentarian of Srilanka Sanath Jayasuriya has congratulated Imran Khan on his party’s success in Pakistan’s general elections.

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Srilankan Columnist Dr Dayan Jatellika welcomed PTI’s win as “Imran Khan’s victory in the Pakistani elections is of enormous and positive significance for all of us in South Asia” in his column “Yes, We Khan”.  He also wrote “Srilankan politics and politicians as well as aspirant political leaders, from the Opposition and the Government, have much to learn from Imran Khan. If they want to know how to win given the global Zeitgeist, they must know which policies and profile to adopt and which are bound to fail. In this sense, Imran Khan provides an example for politicians throughout South Asia—an example of what wins elections and which kind of leader the people turn to in these troubled times.”

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