Pakistan looks for "new beginning" with India

News article, posted 05.25.2014, from Pakistan, in:
Author: 
Neeli Shah, Jameel Khan, Ana Swanson , Bailey Cahall
Language: 
English

Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's office said on Friday that he called Narendra Modi to congratulate him on the BJP's "impressive victory" in India's recent election and to offer him "good wishes" (AFP, VOA). While Abdul Qadir Baloch, Pakistan's federal minister, told Voice of America that political leaders would wait for Modi to take office before offering any analysis of his policy towards Islamabad, he noted that: "Pakistan believes in a peaceful relationship with its neighbors, including India. And we are for peace. We are not for war. We want to settle every dispute with India through peaceful means." 

Other government figures expressed cautious optimism about Modi's rise to power, noting that economic development is at the top of his agenda, which will likely require better relations with Pakistan (ET).