Several opposition parties call for fresh elections

Elections agency says Imran Khan won Pakistan's election, but needs a coalition

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

Modi also "reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood", the ministry said.

"Imran Khan would prefer a people's ceremony of oath-taking where thousands can watch him take oath as prime minister of Pakistan".

Several key parties in Pakistan have begun to coalesce around Imran Khan, paving the way for him to form a majority in the National Assembly and ascend to the premiership.

His tone was so measured that few were familiar with it, at least given his language and mannerism since he refused to accept the 2013 election results, which gave the Nawaz Sharif-led Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) a huge win.

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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. According to PTI sources, Khan has consulted his party leaders about the federal cabinet and formation of government in Punjab where PML-N is also in the race.

PTI spokesman Fawad Chaudhry said that after getting the backing of other political parties, as well as seats reserved for minorities and women, the party was in a position to "comfortably" form the central government.

"We all look forward to having an honest leader and we hope that Imran Khan will be that honest leader", said Dr Nighat.

Khan's media team said he had told Modi it was vital both countries focus on pulling millions out of poverty.

Imran Khan claims victory in Pakistan elections
The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) denied the claims, saying a new electronic results system suffered unexpected glitches. Khan acknowledged while speaking to VOA on the eve of the election that the economy is the biggest challenge facing Pakistan.

During this conversation, Imran Khan told Modi that solutions to disputes should be found through dialogue, as per the PTI press release, which made no mention of the "Kashmir".

His Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) was the single largest party in Wednesday's election, which took place amid allegations of military meddling (to Khan's profit, his rivals said) and was marred by a deadly blast in Quetta.

The relations between India and Pakistan remained tense since 2014.

It had been dubbed "Pakistan's dirtiest election" but for now, Khan's victory represents an end to decades of rotating leadership between the PML-N and the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) that was punctuated by periods of military rule.

Ties between the two countries strained further after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes on terror launch pads across the Line of Control.

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