Indian premier invites Nawaz to India


Congratulating Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) President Nawaz Sharif for winning general elections, Indian PM Manmohan Singh on Sunday expressed India’s desire to work with the new government. He also invited Sharif to visit India.
“PM extends his congratulations to Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his party for their emphatic victory in Pakistan’s elections,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted as it congratulated the people and the political parties of Pakistan for “braving the threats of violence and voting in large numbers”.
“PM expressed India’s desire to work with the new government of Pakistan in charting a new course for the relationship between the two countries,” said another tweet.
The Indian prime minister, in another post invited Nawaz “to visit India at a mutually convenient time”.
Nawaz was poised to return to power after a 14-year hiatus as results of the National Assembly elections started trickling in and his party led in the elections by a big margin over other rivals.
Meanwhile, Indian External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid hoped that India would continue to have good relations with Pakistan if Nawaz comes to power.
“India welcomes whatever result that comes out of a democratic election. Our government has had relations with Nawaz Sharif. From the prime minister’s side also congratulations will be offered to him,” Khurshid said.
“I hope we can continue to have good relations if he comes to power,” he said.


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