Turkish president Erdogan telephones Imran, congratulates on PTI's win

Turkish president Erdogan telephones Imran, congratulates on PTI's win

Islamabad (Staff Report): Turkish President Recep Tayyab Erdogan telephoned Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan and congratulated him over his party’s victory in the parliamentary elections.

According to According to a statement issued by PTI’s media cell, both the leaders resolved to further cement the bilateral relations between the two countries for the benefit of their people.

They underscored with satisfaction that Pakistan and Turkey remained tied in close bonds of friendship and trust among their people.

The statement added that President Erdogan extended his ‘good wishes for Imran Khan and his future government, at which the PTI chief thanked the Turkish president’.

Earlier, United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ambassador to Pakistan Hamad Obaid Ibrahim Salem Al Zaabi called on Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence. The UAE Ambassador congratulated him on PTI’s victory in the general election.

On Monday, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi also telephoned Imran Khan and felicitated him over election victory.

The press release issued by the PTI cited Modi as saying that India was ready to enter a new era of relations with Pakistan. It said that both countries should adopt a joint strategy for progress in bilateral ties.

The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) has claimed that it get the required number of seats to form the government in centre and Punjab.

Talking to the media on Monday evening, PTI spokesperson Fawad Chaudhry said that the party had secured the backing of 168 out of the nearly 328-330 lawmakers returned to the National Assembly in the July 25 election (after counting the allocation of reserved seats).

Out of the house of 342, Chaudhry noted that around 10 seats would be vacated by candidates successful from more than one constituency, and that the remaining two seats had had their elections postponed.

The numbers are to be secured with the help of independents (seven seats), MQM-Pakistan (six seats), PML-Q (four seats), the Balochistan Awami Party (two seats) and the Grand Democratic Alliance (two seats).

Earlier on Monday, a delegation of PML-Q arrived to meet PTI chief Imran Khan at his Bani Gala residence in the federal capital. Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain ensured complete support to Imran Khan.