During his conversation, Sharif invited Modi to visit Pakistan.

"Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif spoke to Mr. Narendra Modi this afternoon and offered his congratulations and good wishes on the Bhartaya Janata Party's impressive victory in the just concluded general elections in India," an official release from the Pakistan government said.

Sharif said that he "closely" followed the Lok Sabha elections in India.

On his part, Modi said during the campaign he emphasized the need for India and Pakistan to fight against poverty.

(Agencies)

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