Hope new Pakistan government will build stable, secure South Asia free of terror,…

In the first comments after the general election in Pakistan, India said it hoped that the new government of the country would work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed south Asia free of terror and violence.

“We welcome that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections. India desires 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,” the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs said on Saturday.

Former cricketer Imran Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf emerged as the single largest party in the general elections, winning 116 National Assembly seats out of the 270 parliamentary constituencies, according to the election commission’s final results.

Khan, a vocal critic of the US, has said he would fix governance issues and Pakistan’s ailing economy, reset relations with US and work for peace with India.

“I really want to fix our ties, you take one step forward, we will take two,” Khan had said in a televised victory speech in Islamabad on Thursday. In that speech, he had also singled out Kashmir as a “hurdle” in relations.

PTI is short of the 137 needed for a simple majority and will need the support of at least 21 legislators to form the government.

Updated: July 28, 2018 — 9:23 pm