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Rahul, Rajnath voice optimism over Nawaz victory in Pak poll

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  New Delhi, May 14, 2013
First Published: 22:50 IST(14/5/2013) | Last Updated: 22:51 IST(14/5/2013)

Even as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi called up Pakistan Muslim League-N chief Nawaz Sharif to congratulate him over his performance in the Pakistan elections, BJP chief Rajnath Singh issued a statement voicing “cautious optimism” that Sharif’s victory would be able to improve Indo-Pakistan ties.

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While Gandhi expressed the hope that India and Pakistan would be able to resolve their issues during his tenure, Sharif was quoted by a party spokesman as saying that these would be resolved through a dialogue.

“The democratic transition of government in Pakistan is a welcome development. Mr. Sharif’s statements on rebuilding relations with India are a positive sign,” Rajnath Singh said. “Since Mr. Sharif has publicly stated to pick up the pieces of 1999 peace process, we hope that the agenda for peace and stability in the region is not hijacked by vested interests operating from Pakistan. Keeping in view our past experiences with Pakistan, the BJP views Mr. Sharif’s statements with cautious optimism.”

Earlier, PM Manmohan Singh had congratulated Sharif and invited him to visit India. Sharif had said he would be “very happy” to invite Singh for his oath-taking ceremony.

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