Imran Khan Will Chair Important Meeting at Bani Gala Today

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Earlier on Monday, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi had telephoned Imran Khan, congratulating him over his party's victory in the general elections and conveying best wishes for Pakistan.

According to a statement by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA), Prime Minister Modi called for peace and development in the entire neighbourhood.

It was after these calculations that the PTI leadership has now chose to reach out to other smaller groups and independents since the party has already declared that it will not join hands with the PPP and the PML-N, the daily said.

Besides these three major parties, Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal Pakistan won 13 seats, Muttahida Qaumi Movement Pakistan six seats, Pakistan Muslim League and Balochistan Awami Party four seats each, Balochistan National Party and Grand Democratic Alliance two seats each, Awami Muslim League Pakistan, Awami National Party, Jamhoori Wattan Party and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaniat one seat each.

"Prime Minister [Modi] expressed hope that democracy will take deeper roots in Pakistan", the statement quoted Modi as saying.

Khan, the accomplished all-rounder who led Pakistan to victory in the 1992 World Cup, blamed the Sharif triumph on match-fixing by the then military chief.

Khan's Tehrik-e-Insaf Party won the most seats, with 115, but fell short of a majority in the 242-seat assembly.

I, particularly paid attention to his foreign policy, mainly involving India, and felt relieved when he completely eschewed warmongering and positively talked about improving ties, opening doors for communication and trade.

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"The core committee of Tehreek-i-Insaf is considering inviting the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) heads including Mr Modi and a decision on this is expected shortly", a leader of Khan's party told PTI.

Both the PML-N and PPP say their party monitors at many voting centres were either kicked out during counting or had not received the official notifications of the precincts' results, instead being given handwritten tallies they could not verify. He also said the PTI were on course to take control of the powerful Punjab provincial assembly.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo warned on Monday that any potential International Monetary Fund bailout for Pakistan's new government should not provide funds to pay off Chinese lenders.

In Islamabad, Imran Khan's party released a a set of highlights of the conversation which quoted Modi as talking about a "new era" and "joint strategy in bilateral relations".

The relations between India and Pakistan remained tense since 2014.

"Mehbooba also congratulated Khan over his victory".

The ties between the two countries strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

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