Want to chart new course in Pakistan ties: Modi to Sharif

New Delhi/Islamabad, June 13 (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has replied to a letter from Pakistani premier Nawaz Sharif that he looks forward to working closely with Islamabad "in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course" in bilateral ties.

"The prime minister has replied back to Sharif's letter," a source said in New Delhi Friday.

Sharif wrote the letter to Modi June 2 that he was satisfied with the bilateral talks they held during his visit to India to attend the prime minister's swearing-in ceremony May 26.

In his letter dated June 11, Modi wrote: "I was encouraged by our discussions on our bilateral relations and the convergence in our views." 

"I was particularly delighted and honoured by your participation in the ceremony for the swearing-in of the new government," Dawn online quoted Modi as saying in the letter.

"I look forward to working closely with you and your government in an atmosphere free from confrontation and violence in order to chart a new course in our bilateral relations," the Indian prime minister said.

Modi thanked Sharif for the sari that he sent for his mother, "a gesture that she has deeply appreciated".

He expressed sorrow and condemnation over the loss of lives in the senseless and barbaric terror attack at Karachi international airport, the Pakistani daily reported.

Sunday night, a brazen terror attack was mounted at Karachi's Jinnah International Airport, in which 23 people were killed including 10 militants.

A second strike followed Tuesday when the Airport Security Force (ASF) Academy's camp near the Karachi airport came under attack from heavily-armed Taliban gunmen. The attackers managed to escape.

Besides mentioning the attack, Modi said that the relationship between India and Pakistan defined by peace, friendship and cooperation would unleash enormous opportunities for the youth, secure a more prosperous future for people and accelerate progress across the region.


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  • Vincent, Mangalore

    Sat, Jun 14 2014

    Whatever happened to the pre-election promises of sending those who didn't support the current government to Pakistan?
    While Peace is often the preferred path, one should walk the walk after having talked the talk.
    Or is it plain normal to say whatever the vote bank wants to hear regardless of conviction???

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  • vincent rodrigues, katapadi/bangalore

    Sat, Jun 14 2014

    Handling Pakistan need courage,commitment and international support.Hope,the present new government deal with them properly.

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  • Deepak.kotian, Hejamady. (Abudhabi)

    Sat, Jun 14 2014

    Akir Modi ne b Kiya kya.

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  • TekVarmaRaja, Mangalapuram/Guruvayur

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Well said Mr. Bennet Vas. Seldom do we see positive comments about the state of the nation from Catholics who blindly support the congress.

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  • thomas, india

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Pakistanis have realized the facts today..they ere are Pakistanis who are genuinely interested in peace and
    need peace ..and with peace .. there will be stability and growth leading to prosperity...
    Only ECONOMY will speak volume and not killing..hatred ..jealousies..or pseudo mislead ideologies..
    The fact remains .. get rid of the terrorists like WAR mongers like HAMID GUL..HAFEEZ SAEED..LoeT..etc.
    get rid of thema nd advocate and preach only PEACE AND PRACTICE REST ALL WILL FALL IN PLEASE .
    The distrust factor should be far gone ..eliminated .
    yes, everything is possible...so, let us give Mr. Modi and mR. Shereef the chance...
    since w eneed India and teh SAARC neighborhood bubbling with Prosperity..peace and stability..harmony..
    but with a IRON HAND ...no kidding...with only POWER shall we speak,..no more Bullying..be .it Pakistan be.. it china..we are one and proud Indians..
    Let us build a solid powerful india...

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  • jeevan, mangalore

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Saree or burqa we don't bother...
    Mr.Modi must send strong signal to papistan that India & Indians are prepared for war at any cost.

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  • Valerian Dsouza, Udupi/Mumbai

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Music to ears. Sunneme bada achha lagaa!
    Clap now with laud applause and wait for results! Let's see what happens!
    Be optimistic. Live in hope if nothing happens then kick the Govt or die in despair!

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  • Rohan Pinto, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Pakistan is not a reliable country why Indians are often beaten by their buttering talks. It looks like all parties are same. act like patriotic while they are in opposition and once they get power they surrender their principles.

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    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    India & pak both the countries started their journey on August 1947. today check out who is who with respect to economy, science and technology, military etc and all. india is behind Pakistan in only one thing - terrorism and its export. wish u guys just concentrate on your own work and get some peace.

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  • Frank Kamath, Manglaore, India

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    My dear PM Modi, please do not forget Kargil. Your party was in power that time and what a great loss India has to incur in that war! Initially India was losing the war but later due to some factors India had won it at the end. Everyone knows that and we should be careful when dealing with Pakistan. Our PM was always criticizing the UPA whenever they tried to talk peace with Pakistan. Now the tables have changed and our PM is changing his colours! God save our motherland!

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  • Bennet Vas, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    To quote Aristotle " Well begun is half done " Our PM is on the right track since the well thought off move to invite the PM of Pakistan for his swearing in to break the ice, from now on, it is for both parties to go ahead and sort out long standing issues, Pakistan (Read - ISI which controls the Government & Army) has understood that unlike the Congress, the present BJP Government headed by a tough and Nationalist Modi, means business and will not tolerate any nonsense from across the border, even if it comes to the worst case scenario of a war, enough is enough and we have to put the terrorism exporting Pakki's in place once and for all if India has to progress. For too long Pakistan has taken advantahe of the soft peddling nature of the Congress Governments who have ruled this nation for decades but have not done anything tangible on any front, for the benefit of the nation. Give Modi two terms and we will see a India on par with the best of Western and European countries.

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  • Romans Basil Lobo, Gurpur-Kaikamba

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    All is not well in Pakistan after Mr. Modi Became PM with a clear mandate. They now realized (I'm optimistic) this shadow boxing hit n run attitude no longer accepted by us.confrontation and violence does no good for both countries.We have to support PM in this endeavors without any bias.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mapusa

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    First they made Vajpai Ullu. Next is FEKU...

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  • Rajesh Shetty, Mlore Shj

    Fri, Jun 13 2014


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    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Let there be a steady distance maintained on either ends of the saree, Coz one can never trust our bhai on other end.So the relation ship should be always maintained as BHAI -BYE.

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  • Ahmed, Mangalore

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Shouldn't he contact the Pakistani agent AK49 ????

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  • KRPrabhu, Bangalore

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    It is just like "Konana munde veene baarisidanthe" Pakistan never change its attitude towards India and continues unproked firing across LOC in Kashmir and voilates ceasefire time and again.Only solution is India should go ahead with retaliation in a mor forceful way.
    Pakistan is 'yeru jaathi' it requires 'badu jaathi'.....

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  • Langoolacharya., Belman/Washington,DC.

    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    "Laathon ke bhooth baton se nahi maanthe...."


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    Fri, Jun 13 2014

    Let them first clean the $#!t around our houses. There is a big drainage open Nala near my house and let them close it first or ensure that storm water goes through it. Its High time, No concession on time. How much tax we paid, millions of rupees. Otherwise that money we would have used for looking after our elderly parents. There is no mercy by the top means-.

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