PM Modi hopes Imran Khan’s Pakistan will work for peace

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But he has cleared that he won't be travelling to Pakistan and has declined the invitation.

Earlier, Sidhu said that he hoped that relations between India and Pakistan would improve with cricketer-turned-politician Khan becoming the prime minister of the neighbouring country. "I really hope and appeal that we have a really lovely relationship henceforth".

"We hope that Pakistan would work for a safe, secure, stable and prosperous region, free from terror and violence", Modi said in an interview to the Times of India published on Sunday. We have also taken various initiatives in this regard.

India also skipped the 2016 Saarc summit in Islamabad after a terrorist attack on an army garrison in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir, left 18 soldiers dead.

The summit-level meeting of the group had been uncertain since bilateral ties between India and Pakistan created a hurdle.

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Chinese official website 'China.org.cn' in an article has said that India can not bypass its two principal neighbors, China and Pakistan, as it has no option but to maintain good relations with them.

The decision came shortly after Khan extended a personal invite over a telephone conversation to the Punjab Cabinet Minister to attend his swearing-in ceremony.

"In a historic moment, Imran Khan will take the oath (as prime minister) on Aug 18", Faisal Javed Khan, a PTI senator and Khan's close aide, said in televised comments in Islamabad.

The PTI leader said he would also meet PPP leader Syed Khurhseed Shah this evening to invite him to the oath-taking ceremony.

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