Pakistan desires peaceful ties with its neighbours,including India,and will work to strengthen the dialogue process that is already underway to resolve problems like the Kashmir issue,Prime Minister-elect Raja Parvez Ashraf said on Friday.
Ashraf promised to make the improvement of ties with India as one of his foreign policy priorities. We want peaceful ties with our neighbours Afghanistan,Iran and India. We desire good relations in our region on the basis of the philosophy of peaceful co-existence, Ashraf said during his first address in the National Assembly or lower house of parliament following his election.
We are ready to strengthen the process of talks that is underway to solve all problems,include the Kashmir issue, he said,while focussing on Pakistans foreign policy and the regional situation.
Ashraf replaces Yousuf Raza Gilani,who was disqualified by the Supreme Court this week for refusing to re-open corruption cases against Pakistans president.
The 342-member National Assembly chose Ashraf with 211 votes against opposition PML-N nominee Sardar Mehtab Ahmed Khan Abbasi who got 89 votes. He was to be administered oath of office by President Asif Ali Zardari as the countrys 25th Prime Minister.
Following the issuance of arrest warrants for the PPP partys first nominee Makhdoom Shahabuddin,Ashraf emerged as the main coalitions preferred candidate.
However,he is steeped in controversy. Currently he is fighting a corruption case from his tenure as water and power minister.