Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that his government looks forward to work closely with Pakistani leadership in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in the bilateral relations.
In a letter to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, he said relationship between India and Pakistan, defined by peace, friendship and cooperation, would unleash enormous opportunities for the people of the two countries. “I was also encouraged by our discussions on our bilateral relations, especially on the fact that the relations between India and Pakistan, defined by peace, friendship and cooperation, would unleash enormous opportunities for our youth, secure a more prosperous future for our people and accelerate progress across our region,” the letter written by the Indian prime minister said.He said peace in the area would also help secure a more prosperous future for the people and accelerate progress across the region.
The Indian premier condemned the terrorists’ attack in Karachi and expressed his deepest grief over the loss of innocent lives in this senseless and barbaric attack. “I also take this opportunity to condemn in the strongest terms the terrorists attack in Karachi and convey my deepest condolences for the loss of innocent lives in this senseless and barbaric attack,” the letter said. He also thanked Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for attending his swearing-in ceremony in New Delhi.
India on Friday reminded Pakistan that maintenance of peace and tranquillity on the border is a “pre-condition” for having a normal relationship between the two countries. “On firing, I will like to reiterate that peace and tranquillity on the border is of the highest importance in establishing the pre-condition for such peaceful and normal relationship,” she told reporters in New Delhi.
“Maintenance of peace and tranquillity on LoC is one of the most important CBMs between India and Pakistan. That remains and will remain the case,” she said.
“Our policy towards neighbours has always been to work towards peaceful and cordial relationship. So ‘sari’ and letter diplomacy helps that,” she said, while responding to a question. She was also asked whether India and Pakistan had established contact as was decided during meeting between Modi and Sharif here last month. “We will, by and by,” she replied.