India Welcomes Pakistan Poll Results

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NEW DELHI — India on Saturday welcomed the result of the general elections in Pakistan and expressed desire for a prosperous and progressive Pakistan “at peace with its neighbours.”

 “We hope that the new government of Pakistan will work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed South Asia free of terror and violence. India desires a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours,” said External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi returned from a trip to Africa.

This is the first official statement from India since the July 25 election in which Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf led by former cricketer Imran Khan emerged as the single largest party.

Khan, in his televised comments, has extended a hand of friendship to India. “We welcome that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections,” the spokesperson said.

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