FO welcomes Modi’s phone call to Imran, hopes it could pave way for talks

ISLAMABAD: The foreign office on Thursday has welcomed Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s congratulating phone call to PM in waiting and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan.  

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During a weekly press conference Pakistan’s Foreign Office Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal expressed hope that the recent development could pave the way for talks between the South Asian neighbours.

He confirmed that no foreign dignitary would attend the oath-taking ceremony of the new prime minister.

Spokesman Dr Muhammad Faisal at the weekly press briefing mentioned a tweet by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announcing a decision that “no dignitary from abroad except a few close friends of Chairman PTI Imran Khan would attend the simple and dignified oath-taking at Aiwan-e-Sadr”.

“The comprehensive PTI tweet explains that no foreign dignitary would attend the oath-taking ceremony, which is going to be a simple event,” the Spokesman said.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday telephoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf chairman Imran Khan and felicitated him for his party’s victory in the elections 2018.

Both leaders agreed to overcome the past and to lay a new foundation for a prosperous political, social and economic future.

The PTI, that had emerged victorious in recent general elections, posted at its official twitter account on Thursday that “oath-taking would be a national event without being ostentatious”.

However, Imran Khan has decided against inviting foreign dignitaries and celebrities to his planned oath-taking ceremony, instead opting for a simple event.

The PTI, having bagged 115 NA seats and after securing the support of key allies and roping in several independent winners, looks set to form the next government, with its chairman in pole position to become the next PM of Pakistan.

Earlier, PTI had initially planned to invite several foreign personalities, with the names of Indian PM Narendra Modi, Bollywood superstar Amir Khan and cricket legends Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavasker and Navjot Singh Sidhu all in the mix.

PTI has emerged as the single-largest party in the National Assembly after last week’s general election held on July 25th.

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