NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s historic win in the Lok Sabha elections on Thursday made headlines in Pakistan with the media in the neighbouring country keenly following the trends as the counting of votes progressed here.
The results of India’s general election are very significant for Pakistan as the formation of the next government in New Delhi will determine the course of India-Pakistan ties, which were pushed to a new low after the Pulwama terror attack.
Pak’s leading media platform, Dawn news, headlined its top story as ‘India wins again’ says Modi; BJP set to secure historic victory in general election as votes are counted’. While Dawn dedicated a separate tab for ‘Indian elections’ on its website and did a thorough coverage, all Pakistani news channels and newspapers also provided details of the coverage by the Indian media.
Pakistan’s The Express Tribune carried an agency story titled ‘Modi stuns opposition with massive’ election win. Another story speculated that PM Modi shifted the focus of his election campaign after losing three assembly elections.
Both, Tribune and Dawn, highlighted the congratulatory messages pouring in from the world leaders as Modi-led BJP was set to return to power.
Geo TV, however kept the coverage simple by providing data only on the initial trends.
Sate-run Radio Pakistan in its South Asia segment carried a story titled ‘ Modi‘s BJP leads in early India vote count’.
Almost all media outlets including ARY News, The Nation and The News also covered the story. They also provided details of the coverage by the Indian media.
Some observers in Pakistan also referred to the Balakot strikes saying that while the attack on terror camps in Pakistan’s territory boosted PM Modi’s image but were quick to add that it proved “baseless” in its effect.
In an opinion piece published in Dawn by Journalist and author Zahid Hussain said,”Unlike the 2014 elections when Modi swept into power on the basis of his economic agenda that got him the support of corporate India, this time, he garnered support on the basis of national security. India’s incursion into Pakistani territory, the first since the 1971 war, just weeks before the polls, was used by Modi to whip up nationalist fervour.”
Human Rights Activist Jibran Nasir said,”BJP clean sweeps India with tectonic shifts coming even in largely left leaning states like Bengal. Despite all criticism of BJP opposition never gave a clear alternative to voters. It was Modi vs No Modi. People vote for certainty & minorities will pay the cost.”
In April, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan said he believed there may be a better chance of peace talks with India and settle the Kashmir issue if Modi’s party BJP wins the general elections.
With the results confirming PM Modi’s return, Imran Khan congratulated his Indian counterpart on his victory and expressed desire to work with him for peace, progress and prosperity in the region.
“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted.
(With inputs from PTI)
LOK SABHA ELECTION RESULT 2019