PM Modi should accept the “hand of friendship” extended by Imran Khan for ending bloodshed in the state:Mahbooba


New Delhi:The Imran Khan-led Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) emerged as the single largest party with 115 seats, after the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Saturday released the complete preliminary results for 270 of 272 National Assembly (NA) constituencies.The ECP completed the process after almost three days when the general elections were held. The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) which won 64 seats came second, while the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) bagged 43 seats and finished third.The elections to the remaining two NA constituencies, which were previously deferred due to multiple issues, would take place soon, The Dawn reported.

The Muttahida Majlis-i-Amal (MMA) which is an alliance of various religious parties in Pakistan garnered 12 seats while the Muttahida Qaumi Movement-Pakistan (MQM-P) won six seats. The Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Quaid (PML-Q) won four seats apiece whereas the Balochistan National Party (BNP) bagged three seats.Other side Jammu and Kahmir former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti today appealed Prime Minister Narendra Modi to accept the “hand of frindship” extended by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief Imran Khan for ending bloodshed in the state.

Cricketer-turned politician Khan, in his first public address after leading his party to victory in the general elections, had said Pakistan is ready to improve its ties with India and his government would like the leaders of the two sides to resolve all disputes,including the “core issue” of Kashmir, through talks.Khan, whose party emerged as the single largest in the National Assembly elections, asserted that the blame game between the two neighbours should stop.”I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A new government will be formed in Pakistan and there will be a new prime minister, who has extended a hand of friendship towards India. He (Khan) spoke of dialogue. He (Modi) should respond to it positively.


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