Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN)Cricket legend Imran Khan is poised to take the reins as Pakistan's next prime minister, as his party won the most seats in the country's general elections, full official results show. Raveesh Kumar, spokesman for India's External Affairs Ministry, said Modi expressed hope that democracy would take deeper root in Pakistan.
As Pakistan's Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan is all set to sworn-in as the new PM on August 11, all eyes are on Islamabad.
Two newly formed small parties are seen as being open to an alliance with Khan's PTI.
The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, or Movement for Justice, has "near" 135 seats right now, Arif Alvi, a senior PTI leader and lawmaker-elect, said by phone on Monday. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was third with 43 seats.
India had on Saturday congratulated Imran Khan and said it hopes that the new government will work to build a terror-free south Asia.
Having won 115 out of 272 seats, Khan's PTI is falling short of 137 needed for a simple majority.
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A USA special counsel is now investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russian spies to manipulate the vote. It led to him reading out a clarification in which he said he had misspoken, mixing up the word "would" with "wouldn't" .
"The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue", Khan was quoted as saying in the statement.
Analysts have expressed concern that disgruntled losers could create instability for the incoming new government, which will face mounting challenges - including a crumbling economy, a crippling debt and a raging militancy.
Khan thanked Modi for his wishes.
He stressed for cordial relation between Iran, Afghanistan, China, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan and said that best relation between these countries would lead the region to overall stability, peace, development, and progress.
He vowed to tackle corruption and touched on promises to balance relations with the USA, while saying he was open to discussions with arch-rival India, including over the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
Imran khan is the messiah for curing all the ailments crumbling away Pakistan and I prayed for his party's victory (Pakistan Tehreek -e-Insaaf ) along with countless Pakistanis.
He was a fierce critic of the United States war on terror, particularly the country's use of drone strikes in Pakistan, which targeted terrorist networks but also killed Pakistani civilians.