Pakistan wants peaceful ties with India, says PM to Modi

After being sworn in as the 23rd prime minister (PM) of Pakistan, prime minister Shehbaz Sharif thanked Indian prime minister Narendra Modi for his good wishes, expressing his wish for peaceful and cooperative ties with India.

Following the ouster of PTI Chairman Imran Khan from the office of the prime minister, the Opposition’s joint candidate Shehbaz was elected as the premier, having secured 174 votes.

Responding to a tweet from Modi, the newly electd premier said: “Thank you Premier Narendra Modi for felicitations. Pakistan desires peaceful and cooperative ties with India. Peaceful settlements of outstanding disputes including Jammu and Kashmir is indispensable.”

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“Let’s secure peace and focus on socio-economic development of our people,” wrote Shehbaz Sharif.

In his congratulatory message to PM Shehbaz on Twitter, Modi said: “Congratulations to H.E. Mian Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif on his election as the Prime Minister of Pakistan.”

“India desires peace and stability in a region free of terror so that we can focus on our development challenges and ensure the well-being and prosperity of our people,” he said.

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