Iranian president congratulates Pakistan's Imran Khan

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The cricket bat gifted by Bisaria was autographed by the entire Indian cricket team, the Indian mission in Islamabad said.

Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf Chairman Imran Khan accepted an invitation to visit Iran given by President Hassan Rouhani in a telephonic conversation on Wednesday. He expressed concerns over the human rights violations in the held valley.

Pakistani prime minister-in-waiting Imran Khan called for more "trustworthy" ties with the United States which have frayed amid US accusations that Pakistan is aiding Islamist insurgents waging war in Afghanistan, something Islamabad denies.

PTI senator Faisal Javed in a tweet said, "Imran Khan to take oath as Prime Minister of Islamic Republic of Pakistan on the 18th Aug 2018 inshALLAH (if God wills)".

Khan's party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), emerged as the single-largest in the general elections held on July 25, winning 117 seats.

Khan added that there was a need to "transform" the diplomatic ties between the two countries. The government states that it is nearly certain that Mr. Khan will touch on the Kashmir issue, and they said they are prepared for that.

The secrecy of ballot is guaranteed by the Constitution under Article 226 that states: "All elections under the Constitution, other than those of the Prime Minister and the Chief Minister, shall be by secret ballot".

Indo-Pak ties had been strained after the terror attacks by Pakistan-based groups in 2016 and India's surgical strikes inside Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

Khan's party said the former cricketer also discussed Afghanistan with the USA envoy, stressing that a political solution was needed rather than more fighting. PTI vice-chairman Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Fawad Chaudhry, Naeem-ul-Haq and Shireen Mazari were also present on the occasion.

When it comes to humanitarian issues, India and Pakistan are not so actively engaged, however, the government has responded positively to Pakistan's decision on the release of Indian prisoners and fishermen on 13th August on the eve of Imran Khan's swearing. Modi also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the neighbourhood. "Wars can breed tragedies instead of facilitating resolution of conflicts", he was quoted as telling Modi.

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