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Nawaz Sharif Says We Want Friendly Relations with India

Posted by on Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 8:47
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Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) Chief Nawaz Sharif said that he wants friendly relations with neighboring country India, Media reports on Monday.

Nawaz Sharif

Nawaz Sharif

Talking with a foreign media he said that after making a new government he wants to end tension between the countries and restart the relations where it were in 1999.

Nawaz sharif said he will invite Indian PM to attend his oath taking ceremony.

Sharif also said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) must accept the mandate that his party has got in the polls.
Nawaz Sharif, who is poised for victory after Pakistan’s May 11 election, said he had spoken at length with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of rival India and would work to ease mistrust.

“Mutual fear needs to be addressed. I had long discussions,”Mr Sharif told reporters, adding that they extended invitations to visit each other’s countries.

Relations between Pakistan and India have improved in recent years but ties are still held back by mutual suspicion.

Sharif may not win enough seats to rule on his own but has made enough gains to avoid having to form a coalition with his main rivals, former cricketer Imran Khan’s Tehrik-i-Insaf (PTI) and the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP).

“I am not against any coalition. But as far as Islamabad is concerned we are ourselves in a position to form our own government,” said Sharif. “All those who share our vision we will be happy to work with them.”

Sharif will inherit a host of challenges from the PPP, which failed to tackle corruption, poverty, and a Taliban insurgency during its rule over the past five years.

Pakistan’s fragile economy is likely to need another bailout from the International Monetary Fund to avoid another balance of payments crisis.

Sharif has suggested he would be willing to implement politically sensitive reforms in order to secure billions of dollars from the global lender.

Sharif has picked senator Ishaq Dar as his finance minister in the new cabinet that he is putting together after leading his party back to power, a party spokesman said.

Dar, who served as finance minister in a previous Sharif cabinet in the 1990s, has said he plans to push provincial governments to collect agricultural taxes, a policy that could set him on a collision course with some of the Pakistan Muslim League’s (PML-N) wealthy backers.

While an improvement in revenue collection is seen as vital, analysts say any sustainable gains for Pakistan’s economy would have to come through normalising relations with India.

Turning to Pakistan’s thorny relationship with the United States, Sharif said “we need to listen to each other”.

Anti-American sentiment runs high in Pakistan, where U.S. drone strikes are seen as a violation of sovereignty.

“I think we have good relations with the United States of America. We need to listen to each other,” said Sharif.

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