Imran Khan apologises to poll body for casting his vote in open

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Khan's party said the former cricketer also discussed Afghanistan with the US envoy, stressing that a political solution was needed rather than more fighting.

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.

The US Ambassador congratulated Imran Khan over the victory of his party in elections 2018.

Shortly after Modi's conversation with Khan on phone, speculations were rife that the latter would invite the Indian PM for his swearing-in.

The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) on Friday accepted the unconditional written apology of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief and Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan's for violating the code of conduct by casting his ballot publicly on polling day last month. The statement had also added that India welcomed that the fact that the "people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections", adding that New Delhi hoped the newly elected government would work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure and developed South Asia, free of terrorism and violence.

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Khan's PTI emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats, in the recently concluded National Assembly elections. He expressed hope that SAARC conference would soon be held in Islamabad.

Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party said the entire squad that Khan captained to victory in the 1992 World Cup were invited to the ceremony, as well as Indian cricket greats Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar and Navjot Singh Sidhu.

Khan who was to take oath on 11 August, is now expected to take up the office of prime minister on 18 August, according to Pakistani media reports quoting PTI senator Faisal Javed.

PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said, "Imran Khan will be elected prime minister of the country "within the first round" of the vote in the parliament".

In the same tweet he said the United States has been rewarded with "nothing but lies and deceit" for "foolishly" giving Pakistan more than $33 billion in aid in the past 15 years.

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