Indian PM Congratulates New Pakistan Premier

India’s prime minister has welcomed the appointment of new counterpart in Pakistan and said that he was “confident” of strengthening ties between the two neighbours.

India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

India’s prime minister has welcomed the appointment of new counterpart in Pakistan and said that he was “confident” of strengthening ties between the two neighbours.

Pakistani MPs elected Raja Pervez Ashraf as the country’s new prime minister on Friday, seeking to end a political upheaval.

India chose to refrain from commenting on Pakistan’s internal crisis, sparked by judges ousting ex-Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani over contempt charges and demanding the arrest of the first candidate to be nominated as his successor.

On Friday, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated his Pakistani counterpart.

“Our two countries will continue to make progress in their bilateral dialogue...(and) build good neighbourly relations by strengthening their cooperation in all areas for the benefit of the peoples of both countries,” he said.