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Singh stresses on new course for Indo-Pak ties
May 12, 2013, 3:28 pm

Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N have won an emphatic victory in the general elections. (Getty Images)

Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N have won an emphatic victory in the general elections [Getty Images]

Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday congratulated Nawaz Sharif and his party PML-N for their emphatic victory in elections and conveyed desire to work with him to chart “a new course” in India-Pakistan relations.

Singh also invited Sharif to visit India at a mutually-convenient time.

“The prime minister has extended his congratulations to Sharif and his party for their emphatic victory in Pakistan’s elections,” the PMO said in a statement.

Singh also congratulated the people and the political parties of Pakistan for braving the threats of violence and voting in large numbers.

Turnout in Saturday’s vote was nearly 60 percent, the election commission of Pakistan said, which according to official statistics is the highest since 1977.

The prime minister “expressed India’s desire to work with the new government of Pakistan in charting a new course for the relationship between the two countries,” it said.

Sharif, leader of Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N), thanked his supporters as he addressed a crowd of about 300 people at his campaign headquarters in Lahore.

“We want to get Pakistan out of trouble. We have a programme to change the state of Pakistan. We must make a decision to change this country,” said Sharif.

The run-up to the election was marred by a series of attacks targeting politicians and their supporters.

Source: Agencies

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