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Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan congratulated India’s Narendra Modi on Thursday for a triumphant victory that returned him to power in New Delhi after an election fought in the shadow of renewed confrontation between the nuclear-armed enemies.
Axar.az reports citing Delhi news.
With official data showing Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on course to increase its majority in parliament, Khan said he was ready to cooperate with the government as it resumed office.
“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted.
But in a possible warning to India, Pakistan earlier announced that it had conducted a training launch of a Shaheen II, surface-to-surface ballistic missile, which it said is capable of delivering conventional and nuclear weapons at a range of up to 1,500 miles.
“Shaheen II is a highly capable missile which fully meets Pakistan’s strategic needs toward maintenance of deterrence stability in the region,” Pakistan’s military said in a statement that made no direct mention of its neighbor.
On Wednesday, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi spoke briefly with his Indian counterpart, Sushma Swaraj, on the sidelines of a meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization member states in the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek.
“We never speak bitterly, we want to live like good neighbors and settle our outstanding issues through talks,” he said following the encounter, in which Swaraj presented him with a gift of sweets.
There was no immediate reaction from the Indian Foreign Ministry on Khan’s offer to work with Modi toward peace.
2019.05.23 / 17:52