Indo-Pak ties not to witness turbulent times with Imran Khan’s victory: Shashi Tharoor

While final results of Pakistan elections 2018 are expected in the coming hours, speaking on the expected win of Imran Khan, leader Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Congress leader and former Foreign Minister Shashi Tharoor said that the Indo-Pak relations would not witness turbulent times with Khan’s victory.

Tharoor said that “We have seen two faces of Imran, one as a hardliner for the electorate and other as liberal which we saw in London and New Delhi. So, it cannot necessarily be turbulent weather for Indo-Pak relations.”

“I think it was completely predictable. For the last year also we have been hearing that the military wants a change, they want to get rid of Nawaz Sharif and his party and that they see Imran Khan as the most pliable potential,” he further added.

Tharoor stated “Imran is the largest single party but without majority by himself. He’ll depend on independents & small parties’ support, almost certainly Muttahida Majlis-e-Amal (MMA) – which will follow military instructions which means if he does things military considers out of line, support can be pulled.”

Tharoor said that the Pakistan Army would want to ensure that the Prime Minister “doesn’t get out of hands or doesn’t get too independent”.