After Modi's thumping victory in India, former Pakistan minister predicts tougher times ahead

Islamabad: Former Pakistan information minister and Pakistan People's Party leader Sherry Rehman on Thursday reacted negatively to the Lok Sabha poll results in India and said it reflected a "tougher neighbourhood for Pakistan".

"Exit polls India foretell a BJP landslide. If these polls r close to final count it will mean a tougher neighbourhood for Pakistan.The new BJP’s mandate, among other things is extremism, exclusion.Isl has a sweet tooth for Modi Mithai but translating into serious peace unlikely," she tweeted.

Even as several global leaders wished Indian PM Narendra Modi over the Lok Sabha polls victory, Pakistan PM Imran Khan has not congratulated the Indian leader so far.

The relationship between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the last several months has not been good, to put it mildly.

India blamed Pakistan for sheltering terrorists who masterminded the February 14 attack in Pulwama that left 40 Indian soldiers dead. A few days later, India retaliated by bombing a terrorist facility inside Pakistan with the help of the Air Force. Pakistani and Indian fighter jets engaged in a dogfight a few days later that led to the capture of IAF wing commander Abhimanyu Varthaman. Pakistan, however, released the pilot after two days.