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PM Modi responds to Imran Khan’s wishes, says ‘primacy to peace in region’

The results of India's General Elections are very significant for Pakistan as the formation of the next government in New Delhi will determine the course of Indo-Pakistan ties, which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack.

'Looking foward to work for peace': Imran Khan congratulates Narendra Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan. (File)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi Thursday thanked his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan for his wishes over the former’s stellar performance in the Lok Sabha elections and said that he has always given primacy to “peace and development in the region”.

BJP-led NDA alliance is leading over more than 350 Lok Sabha seats as the results were released Thursday and is set to form its successive majority government at the Centre.

Taking to Twitter, Modi said, “Thank you PM @ImranKhanPTI. I warmly express my gratitude for your good wishes. I have always given primacy to peace and development in our region.”

The Pakistani prime minister had said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress, and prosperity in South Asia.”

A host of world leaders including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated PM Modi after trends showed a comfortable majority for the NDA in the Lok Sabha polls.

The results of India’s general elections are very significant for Pakistan as the formation of the next government in New Delhi will determine the course of Indo-Pakistan ties, which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack.

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In an interview to The Indian Express, PM Modi had said the “way ahead” with the neighboring nation Pakistan depends on the action it takes against terrorism. Modi’s Balakot air strike in Pakistan before the polls soared his popularity in India. The IAF air strike and action against Pakistan featured many times during Modi’s Lok Sabha election campaign.

Before the elections began, Khan also batted for a second-term for BJP saying there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if the incumbent government is back.

Speaking to a group of foreign journalists in Pakistan, Khan, according to a Reuters report, said that if the Congress leads the next government, it may be too scared to seek a settlement with Pakistan over Kashmir, fearing a backlash from the right. “Perhaps if the BJP — a right-wing party — wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” he said.