NEW DELHI, May 12:- India’s Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Sunday congratulated Pakistani politician Nawaz Sharif on his “emphatic victory” in historic elections and said he hoped for better relations.
Singh wrote on his official Twitter account, “Congratulations to Mr. Nawaz Sharif and his party for their emphatic victory in Pakistan’s elections”.
He said he hoped to work with Sharif to chart “a new course for the relationship” between the nuclear-armed neighbours and invited him to “visit India at a mutually convenient time”.
Singh also congratulated “the people and the political parties of Pakistan for braving the threats of violence and voting in large numbers” in Saturday’s election.
The Pakistani Taliban had declared the polls unIslamic and attacked candidates and rallies.
Partial unofficial results from the election represented a stunning comeback for Sharif, a wealthy 63-year-old tycoon who was deposed as prime minister in a 1999 military coup and spent years in exile.
Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan have fought three wars, two of them over the disputed region of Kashmir. Each administers part of the territory but claims it in full.
They also clashed in 1999 in a limited conflict known as the Kargil war, which broke out when Sharif was prime minister.
Relations between the two countries have been fractious in recent weeks, with both sides protesting at the deaths of prisoners held by the other’s government.
A Pakistani prisoner died after being beaten up in an Indian jail last week in an apparent tit-for-tat assault, following the death of an Indian prisoner in Pakistan the week before.