Imran Khan to be sworn in as PM Aug 18

Attempts to paint Khan as ruthless villain exposed India’s sloppy journalism

Both Sidhu and Dev were contemporaries of the cricketer-turned-politician and had played several matches against Khan's Pakistan cricket team.

Prime Minister Modi had called up Khan on July 30 and congratulated him on his electoral success.

According to the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP), nine out of 13 independent candidates allied themselves with the Imran Khan-led party, increasing its tally of general seats to 125.

The India-Pakistan ties nose-dived in recent years with no bilateral talks taking place.

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.

Modi had met the then Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif several times and also visited Pakistan in a surprise stopover on his way back from an official trip to Russian Federation in December 2015.

Holding reins of the country after swearing in as prime minister of Pakistan would not prove a bed of roses for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, a renowned astrologer predicted as the oath-taking date draws closer.

The PTI on Friday confirmed that the Prime Minister-in-waiting will take oath at the President House in Islamabad on August 18, instead of August 11. In his address to Pakistan, he said: "If India takes one step towards us, we will take two steps toward them...but at least (we) need a start".

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