Ready to do business with Imran, India invites Pak polls

Responding positively to Pakistan’s peace overtures in the past few days, India Saturday welcomed that individuals of Pakistan had actually “reposed their faith in democracy through basic elections”.

This is substantial because some in India had sought to cast aspersions on Imran Khan, who is expected to form the new federal government, calling him a puppet of the Pakistan army as well as suggesting that the army may have rigged the elections in his favour.

“India desires a flourishing and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours,” said MEA representative Raveesh Kumar.

“We hope that the brand-new Government of Pakistan will work constructively to construct a safe, steady, safe and developed South Asia without terror and violence,” he included.

Khan had actually reached out to India in his triumph speech stating that Pakistan was prepared to walk the additional distance for peace with India. This was immediately followed by Pakistan High Commissioner to India Sohail Mahmood telling TOI in a special interaction that Khan’s success was a minute of chance which the 2 countries had to take. Mahmood had also said this was the time to avoid old narratives in bilateral ties.

While India remains not sure about Pakistan Army’s intents as well as exactly what stand Khan’s government might take on the problem of terrorism, which is India’s own core issue, official sources here stated that there was no denying that Khan’s PTI became the single largest celebration through a genuine democratic procedure.

“Our job is not to take sides. We will respect the verdict of the Pakistani people and it’s a reality that Imran Khan has actually discovered support from a vast bulk,” said a source.

India’s reaction however, sources said, was just minimal to the election process. “We need to wait and see the procedure of government development also. He is still not the PM as he lacks majority. And exactly what he says after he formally ends up being PM will be more essential,” stated an authorities, including that for any forward movement Pakistan will need to seriously resolve India’s concerns.

Indian authorities are still analysing Khan’s remarks on India in his speech and there are some issues here over the way in which he discussed the alleged human rights offenses in JnK, apart from raising the Kashmir disagreement of course. “We have to wait and see if he will speak the language of the army just,” stated an official.

Pakistan authorities revealed complete satisfaction over India’s reaction. They have consistently pointed to India’s previous chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi’s comments that he discovered elections in Pakistan complimentary, reasonable and transparent. The Indian mission in Islamabad also discovered no reason to report back that the elections were rigged.

Mahmood had told TOI Friday that, in spite of exactly what the nay-sayers had to state, the elections occurred in a timely manner, as set up.

“Regardless of a number of terrorist attacks in the run-up to the elections, the political parties and the candidates waged a full, concentrated and perky campaign. The people of Pakistan responded with equivalent nerve and enthusiasm. This is a reflection of their unflinching dedication to democracy and to the democratic process,” said Mahmood.

It is of significance for Pakistan that these elections were the third successive general elections considering that 2008 and that another elected federal government, as Mahmood stated, had completed its constitutionally-mandated term in May 2018.

Now, we are poised to make another peaceful transition to another chosen government,” he included.