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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday spoke to Pakistan PM-designate Imran Khan and congratulated him for his party emerging as the largest political party in the recently conducted general elections 2018.

Modi yesterday telephoned Khan to congratulate him on his party's victory in general elections and hoped that "Pakistan and India will work to open a new chapter in bilateral ties".

Mr Khan, 65, said last evening that he would take oath as Pakistan's prime minister on August 11.

Now, the former World Cup cricket champion will have to partner with independents and smaller parties, a task analysts said should be straightforward. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP), led by Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the son of assassinated two-time prime minister Benazir Bhutto, was third with 43 seats.

The PTI said Khan had also told Modi that issues between the two nations must be resolved through talks.

Those who voted for Imran Khan and his populist promises of a new, fairer, Pakistan are watching closely.

Talking to the newly elected members of KP Assembly, the prime minister-in-waiting said his nominated choice for the position of chief minister KP would be a "decision taken in the best interest of the people".

Supporters of Imran Khan cheer at a rally in Lahore

Khan, the former iconic cricketer, who formed the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf (PTI) in 1996 and struggled at times forlornly for over two decades before being declared the victor in this month's general election, was speaking before embarking on the task of government formation.

Khan's party also appears to have succeeded in wresting control of the local assembly in Pakistan's biggest province, Punjab, from the Sharifs. "The solution to conflicts should be found through dialogue", he was quoted as telling Modi.

"India desires progressive relations with Pakistan", the Indian premier was quoted as saying.

Khan has offered to investigate all claims of irregularities, and promised to build a new Pakistan with an Islamic welfare state that would seek to elevate those mired in poverty.

Khan was also widely seen as the preferred candidate of the country's powerful military, which has directly ruled Pakistan for nearly half its independent existence since 1947, and has maintained an outsize influence over politics throughout that period.

Spokesperson for Khan's party Fawad Chaudhry also did not rule out inviting Modi to the swearing-in ceremony. I am deeply concerned about seeing some concrete progress in the bilateral relationship between India and Pakistan and would be on cloud nine if both reach a stage where they don't see each other as an arch rival but as a trustworthy neighbour.

India accuses Pakistan of backing several anti-India militant groups and helping them to infiltrate the divided Kashmir region to stoke violence.

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