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Nawaz Sharif for improved Pak ties with India, Afghanistan

October 27, 2011 - Ankara

Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) chief Nawaz Sharif has called for improved ties with India and Afghanistan.

During his meeting with Turkish President Abdullah Gul, Nawaz said that Turkey and Pakistan were tied in cordial relations, adding that both countries stood by each other through thick and thin.

The former Pakistan prime minister also said that existing economic, social, political and cultural ties among the countries in the region should be developed to resolve the issues that might lead to terrorism.

Nawaz gave two concrete examples regarding Pakistan's foreign policy concerning its two immediate neighbours, Afghanistan and India.

He pointed out that Pakistan and Afghanistan had always had organic ties with regard to culture and social life, adding that Pakistani policy regarding Afghanistan was not limited to one or another political party, rather it was Afghani people-specific.

"If there is no peace in Afghanistan, there can't be any peace or stability in Pakistan either," Pakistan Today quoted the PML-N chief, as saying.

About Islamabad's relations with New Delhi, Nawaz said that both India and Pakistan should find a way to resolve their differences on all issues, including Kashmir, in a peaceful way.

"There will be no economic growth in South Asia unless Pakistan and India solve their differences," he said, terming the two countries very important for each other in particular, and for the region in general.


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