Prime Minister extended his congratulations to Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his party for their emphatic victory in Pakistan’s elections. He conveyed India’s desire to work with the new government of Pakistan in charting a new course for the relationship between the two countries and invited Mr. Sharif to visit India at a mutually convenient time. The text of his congratulatory message is placed below:
“Dear Mian Saheb,
I am writing to extend to you my heartiest congratulations on your emphatic victory in the general elections in Pakistan. You have received a strong mandate to lead Pakistan towards a stable, peaceful and prosperous future. I wish you all success in meeting the hopes and expectations of your people as you prepare to assume your new responsibilities.
This historic election is also significant victory for democracy in Pakistan. The people of India have watched with admiration the people of Pakistan braving violenceand strife and turning out in large numbers to affirm their democratic rights. The Pakistani people and the political parties in Pakistan deserve all credit for strengthening the framework of democracy in their country by participating in these electionsdespite facing enormous challenges.
The people of India also welcome your publicly articulatedcommitment to a relationship between India and Pakistan that is defined bypeace, friendship and cooperation. I look forward to working with you andyour government to chart a new course and pursue a new destiny in therelations between our countries. I would also like to extend an invitation to you to visit India at a mutually convenient time.
My wife joins me in extending to you and Begum Saheba our bestwishes.
With warm regards”
May 12, 2013