New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday congratulated PML(N) leader Nawaz Sharif for his "emphatic victory" in the general elections in Pakistan.
Following is the text of his letter to Sharif:
Dear Mian Saheb,
Indian people welcome your publicly articulated commitment to a relationship between India and Pakistan that is defined by peace, friendship and cooperation.
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 violence and 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 elections despite facing enormous challenges.
The people of India also welcome your publicly articulated commitment to a relationship between India and Pakistan that is defined by peace, friendship and cooperation.
I look forward to working with you and your government to chart a new course and pursue a new destiny in the relations 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 best wishes.
"With warm regards."