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Mehbooba hopes thaw in Indo-Pak ties

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Srinagar: After Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s telephonic conversation with Pakistan Tehreek Insaaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan congratulating him on his victory, former Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti today expressed hope that it would lead to a sustainable thaw in relations between the two neighbouring countries.

“Hope this goes beyond the optics and leads to a sustainable thaw between India and Pakistan,” Mehbooba wrote on Twitter.

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.

Modi expressed hope that democracy would take deeper roots in the country and also reiterated his vision of peace and development in the entire neighbourhood.

PDP president Mehbooba, while addressing the party’s 19th foundation day ceremony here on 28 July, had appealed to Modi to accept the hand of friendship and dialogue extended by the Pakistan’s PTI leader for ending the bloodshed in the state.

“I appeal to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. A new government will be formed in Pakistan and there will be a new prime minister, who has extended a hand of friendship towards India. He spoke of dialogue. He (Modi) should respond to it positively.

“It is my request that he (Modi) should grab the opportunity and respond positively to the offer of friendship by Imran Khan,” Mehbooba said.

Mehbooba also congratulated Khan over his victory.

“Congratulations to @ImranKhanPTI on his victory. His hard work and tenacity won the day,” the former chief minister wrote on Twitter.

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