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May 13, 2013 at 06:47pm IST

Nawaz Sharif invites PM Manmohan Singh to Pakistan for swearing-in

Islamabad: PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif, who is set to be Pakistan's Prime Minister for a record third time, on Monday issued a statement inviting Indian PM Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in ceremony. Reacting to India's congratulatory message, Sharif said, "Happy to invite PM Manmohan Singh for swearing-in ceremony in Pakistan as well as at any other time."

Nawaz has already indicated his desire to normalise "roller-coaster" ties with India.

Prime Minister Singh had on Sunday lost no time in congratulating Sharif on his election victory, which will give him his third term as Prime Minister of Pakistan, and invited him to visit India at a mutually convenient time.

In an unusually quick response even as counting of votes was underway in Pakistan, Singh conveyed India's desire to work with him to chart a new course in Indo-Pak relations.

In a letter to Sharif, Prime Minister Singh said, "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."

During the campaign, 63-year-old Sharif had vowed to revive the Indo-Pak peace process which was interrupted in 1999 by the then military ruler Parvez Musharraf who ousted him in a bloodless coup. Sharif had started the peace process with then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

With additional information from PTI