"Let us make a new beginning. Let us sit together to resolve all outstanding issues in a friendly manner and in a peaceful atmosphere," Sharif said.

Sharif, who has repeatedly spoken of his desire to improve relations with India since he became premier in June, said the two countries should become "good friends".

"We must become good friends, hold each other's hands. We must sit together with a open and clean heart," he said.

Addressing the people of India, he said: "We have a lot of love and affection for you and we must become good friends."

Speaking ahead of the Independence Day, Sharif said before 1947, the people of India and Pakistan used to live together. Now that 65 years of independence have passed, both countries need to improve their ties for their betterment and prosperity.

Sharif last week expressed his sadness over the incidents along the LoC that had resulted in the flaring up of tensions and the loss of "precious human lives".

(Agencies)

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