Indian prime minister Narendra Modi, and his rival in Pakistan, Imran Khan, have sent messages on Thursday May 24th, highlighting the need for "peace," following Modi's huge win in India's mammoth general election, AFP has reported.
Analysts said that the return of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a new landslide political victory could help peace prospects, since the nuclear-armed rivals launched cross-border air strikes at each other three months ago.
Khan congratulated Modi on the win by the BJP, which has long taken a strong anti-Pakistan stance.
"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.
"Thank you, PM Imran Khan. I warmly express my gratitude for your good wishes. I have always given primacy to peace and development in our region," Modi responded, also on Twitter.
In April, Khan said a Modi win could help settle the Kashmir showdown, and his government has repeatedly stated it is open to dialogue with the rival country, who have fought three wars against each other since 1947.
Although Pakistanis consider Modi a hardliner, even so they welcomed his win, predicting it could lead to improved relations.
"The expectation in Pakistan is that there will be an incremental improvement in Pakistan-India relations as Modi's attitude would be more relaxed," retired Pakistani general and an analyst Talat Masood told AFP.