Pakistan election marred by allegations of election rigging

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In his message, PM Modi expressed hope that democracy would take deepers roots in Pakistan.

The Prime Minister yesterday spoke to Khan and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the National Assembly elections of Pakistan.

In an interview, he said that more members of Punjab Assembly will join PTI and with the inclusion of these members, the party will achieve the required total to form government in Punjab province.

One of the first tasks for Khan, once he forms the government, will be to avert a currency crisis, following four devaluations of the rupee currency since December, which will likely require Islamabad to seek Pakistan's second International Monetary Fund bailout since 2013.

Under the Constitution of Pakistan, the president will summon the meeting of the National Assembly within 21 days after the elections to elect the new prime minister.

The former World Cup winning cricketer, 65, was announced the victor of Pakistan's general election on Friday despite a delayed vote count provoking accusations of rigging.

Khan said he will take oath as Prime Minister on 11th of next month (August), state-run Radio Pakistan reported.

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In other areas, the commission said, "polling staff appeared to be biased toward a certain party", without naming the party.

We have chose to play the role of an aggressive opposition in parliament, said a senior PML-N leader who had participated in the MMA-convened multiparty conference in Islamabad on Friday.

"The core committee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-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 from Imran Khan's party told news agency PTI (Press Trust of India).

Khan thanked Modi for his wishes and emphasised that disputes should be resolved through dialogue.

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. Modi hoped that a new chapter would begin in bilateral ties and both the nations would work together.

"Mehbooba also congratulated Khan over his victory". "India desires to have a prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours".

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