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Pakistan envoy 'encouraged' by Modi's remarks on India relations

Published on Apr 23, 2014 9:53 PM
 
Chief Minister of the Indian state of Gujarat and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi (right) waves to supporters as Shiv Sena party chief Uddhav Thackeray looks on at an election rally in Mumbai, on April 21, 2014. Pakistan said it was "encouraged" by comments from Mr Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Pakistan said Wednesday it was "encouraged" by comments from arch rival India's election frontrunner Narendra Modi who stressed cooperation with foreign governments if he was elected prime minister.

Hindu nationalist hardliner Mr Modi and his opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) party are expected to vault to power at mammoth elections underway in India after a decade of centre-left Congress party rule.

Critics fear Mr Modi will adopt a tough foreign policy that could see relations deteriorate with traditional rival Pakistan and neighbouring emerging market giant China.

But Pakistan High Commissioner Abul Basit said he welcomed Mr Modi's comments in a television interview late Tuesday that he would pursue the policies followed by former BJP premier Atal Behari Vajpayee.

 
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