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May 12, 2013 at 07:42pm IST

Salman Khurshid, Omar Abdullah hopeful of good ties with Pakistan if Nawaz Sharif comes to power

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday hoped that India will continue to have good relations with Pakistan if former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif comes to power after the general elections there.

"A new government is going to be formed in Pakistan and we believe that setting up of a democratic government will strengthen our bilateral ties. Our Prime Minister will soon be sending across his best wishes after Nawaz Sharif forms the next government," Khurshid said.

"I hope we can continue to have good relations if he comes to power," he said.

Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah hoped that Nawaz Sharif would restart the peace process with India and urged Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to extend a hand of friendship to him for resolving issues between the two sides including Kashmir.

Congratulating Sharif for his party's victory in Pakistan general elections, Omar said, "Today is an important day for people of Jammu and Kashmir as the elections were held in Pakistan and Mian Nawaz Sharif is emerging as victorious.

"Nawaz Sharif took initiatives to improve Indo-Pak ties in his last term as Pakistan PM. I wish he takes measures to improve ties this time too. Peace talks between the two countries is the only way to resolve the Kashmir dispute. I also request PM Manmohan Singh to extend the hand of friendship," Omar said.