Pakistan’s new Prime Minister, Shahbaz Sharif on Tuesday expressed his desire to strengthen ties with India and resolve differences in the disputed Kashmir region.
Pakistan wants peaceful and cooperative relations with India. Peaceful resolution of outstanding disputes including J&K is inevitable,” he wrote on Twitter in response to congratulations from his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his appointment as Prime Minister on Monday.
In his message published on the same social network, Modi had also underlined There is a need to establish “peace and stability” to focus efforts on “development challenges and guarantees of welfare and prosperity” of both countries.
Situated in the foothills of the Himalayas, Kashmir is one of the few Indian territories with a Muslim majority and Pakistan, which has fought several wars with India over this divided region, has claimed full sovereignty since its independence from the British Empire.
In reaction to the election of Shehbaz Sharif as the new prime minister, the European Union (EU) on Tuesday called for a peaceful transition of power in Pakistan, following a vote of condemnation that ousted Imran Khan.
European External Action Service spokeswoman Nabila Maserli expressed the EU’s readiness to continue working with the new government, saying “we hope that the change of power will happen peacefully and following a constitutional order.”
Masrali declined to comment on the former Pakistani prime minister’s allegations of an alleged foreign conspiracy led by the United States and the opposition to overthrow him.
Kan lost a condemnation vote on Saturday and Pakistan’s parliament on Monday elected consensus opposition candidate Sharif by 174 votes, enough to secure a majority in the 342-seat house.