New Delhi: External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday hoped that India will continue to have good relations with Pakistan if former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif retains power. The neighbor nation went into polls on Saturday amidst terror threats and explosions and the election has been tagged as the democratic transition in Pakistan    

"India welcomes whatever result that will come out of a democratic election. Our government has had relations with Nawaz Sharif. From Prime Minister's side also congratulations will be offered to him," Khurshid said.

"I hope we can continue to have good relations if he comes to power," he said. Sharif, on Sunday was set for a third term as Pakistan's Prime Minister as his PML-N party took a massive lead over its rivals in early poll results, making a remarkable comeback after having been toppled in a military coup in 1999 and sent into exile. He returned to Pakistan shortly before the 2008 polls and rebuilt his party.

However, as per TV projections, no single party would win a simple majority of 172 seats in the 342-member National Assembly.

(Agencies)

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