New Delhi, July 28: India on Saturday reacted to the Pakistan Election Results 2018 and said it hopes that the new government will work to build a terror-free south Asia. The statement further added that India desires a “progressive and prosperous Pakistan at peace with its neighbours”. Spokesperson in the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar said India welcomed that the people of Pakistan have reposed their faith in democracy through general elections.

“India desires a prosperous & progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours. We hope that the new Pakistan Govt will work constructively to build a safe, stable, secure & developed South Asia free of terror and violence,” MEA, in a statement, said. India’s reaction came after Imran Khan‘s PTI emerged as the single largest party in the Pakistan poll results.

Earlier in the day, Mehbooba Mufti urged the Centre to seize the opportunity by extending a hand of friendship with Pakistan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan so that issues between the two countries could be resolved.

Imran Khan, whose party has emerged as the single largest party, had earlier said that his government would seek good relations with India. He, however, added that Kashmir remains a core issue. “We should sit across and resolve the issues instead of we blaming India for problems in Balochistan and they blaming us for problems in Kashmir,” he said.

Now that the PTI fell short of securing a majority, it involved in hectic lobbying to win support from Independents and smaller parties to form a ruling combine and pave the way for its chief Imran Khan to head a coalition government.

According to the figures provided by the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) won 115 out of the 270 seats on which the elections were held. The party, however, was short of 22 seats for a simple majority.

The polls were marred with a set of violence that were reported from various parts of the country and allegations of them being rigged. A multi-party conference (MPC) and Pakistan Peoples Party on Friday rejected the Pakistan election results and demanded a transparent and free and fair re-election.

The rejection was conveyed in a press conference after a European Union team of election observers had also said that Pakistan Elections 2018 were overshadowed by the “restrictions” on freedom of expression and unequal opportunity for the campaign to the candidates. It alleged that even though the polling was transparent, counting of the votes was problematic as the staff was not following procedures.

Meanwhile, a PTI leader said that Imran Khan will be sworn-in as the new Prime Minister of Pakistan before August 14. Four independent candidates have joined the PTI, he added.