PAKISTAN COUNTING THE TIME FOR INDIAN VOTING RESULTS
2019 Lok Sabha polls are not only being followed with great keenness in India but also in Pakistan. Given the cross-border tension and the love-hate relationship between the two neighbors, the Indian elections are also being closely monitored by Pakistanis. Pakistan is counting the clock literally to watch out who wins in this race of Rahul against Modi. It is funny but yet true that only Indians are not eager for these election results because more than Indians, other countries are benefitted by the election results.
The general election results will be declared on May 23. Almost all exit polls have predicted a comeback for the Modi-led govt. What-ever may be the final outcomes, one thing is clear that the Pakistanis do not want PM Narendra Modi to return to power. They are afraid to lose their existence on the world map very soon by his presence on the throne.
Many Pakistanis are voicing their reservations about the return of BJP-led NDA government in TV interviews posted on social media. “He shouldn’t come to power, he carried out surgical attacks in Pakistan…,” said Lahore-based Shahi Alam to a Pakistan TV channel.
“I doubt Modi will come back with a majority. I am sure he will get a fractured mandate and that is good for Pakistan,” said another person named Aizaz.
Last month, Pakistan PM Imran Khan had said that he thinks there may be a better chance of peace talks with India if PM Narendra Modi’s BJP wins the general election.
Perhaps if the BJP – a right-wing party – wins, some kind of settlement in Kashmir could be reached,” Imran told a small group of foreign journalists in an interview.
Relations between Pakistan and India reached a crisis point in February after nearly 40 soldiers were killed in a suicide attack in J&K’s Pulwama. Islamabad had denied responsibility for the February 14 attack, which was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammed. The attack prompted India to carry out a cross border air strike against a terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot.