Pak govt will build balanced, trust-based relationship with US: Imran Khan

The acting US Ambassador to Pakistan John Hoover in conversation with prime-minister-to-be Imran Khan at his Banigala residence

Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Imran Khan today tendered a written apology for violating the secrecy of the ballot, prompting the election commission to withdraw its notice to him, paving the way for his swearing-in next week.

Khan's PTI emerged as the single largest party with 116 seats, in the recently concluded National Assembly elections.

Khan faces some competition from the leader of the former ruling Pakistan Muslim League party, Shahbaz Sharif, who has jointly been fielded for the post of prime minister by opposition parties.

He stressed the need for revitalisation of diplomatic ties between the two countries and transforming the relationship for each other's benefit.

Imran Khan expressed concerns over the alarming human rights situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir.

Bisaria also felicitated Khan on behalf of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed matters of mutual interest.

The meeting aims to bring to resolution matters of forming a government in Punjab and nominating Chief Minister Punjab.

Mr. Bisaria said that the recent telephonic conversation between Modi with Imran Khan has raised hopes that India's relations with Pakistan will move forward in a positive direction.

In a statement on 28 July, India's foreign ministry said that New Delhi desired a "prosperous and progressive Pakistan at peace with its neighbours".

Earlier, in his victory speech, Khan had also offered to build good ties with India.

President Mamnoon Hussain has summoned a session of the National Assembly for August 13 during which newly-elected members will take oath of their office.

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. The sentencing of alleged Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav to death by a Pakistani military court in April a year ago further hurt bilateral relations.