Indian reaction

Cautious optimism

Print edition : June 14, 2013

Indian soldiers patrol past a barbed wire fence near the Line of Control, which divides Kashmir between India and Pakistan, in Silikot, some 130 km north of Srinagar, in January when a series of tit-for-tat attacks threatened to ratchet up bilateral tensions. With Nawaz Sharif returning to power, there is hope in India that relations will improve. Photo: Dar Yasin/AP

Afghan President Hamid Karzai greets an Indian boy after receiving an honorary degree at the Lovely Professional University in Jalandhar on May 20. Karzai told the media in Delhi that he had presented a "wish list" (of weapons) to India. But Indian officials were quick to assert that no decision had been taken. Photo: Ashwini Bhatia/AP

Nawaz Sharif told journalists at his farmhouse on May 13 that he would be happy to invite Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in ceremony. Photo: ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP

February 1999: Sharif with Prime Minister A.B. Vajpayee at the Wagah border post. Photo: THE HINDU ARCHIVES

Sacks of onion imported from India being unloaded at the Pakistani border at Wagah on May 14. Photo: K.M. Chaudary/AP

New Delhi welcomes the election results but remains unsure whether Nawaz Sharif will be able to defy his fundamentalist support base and improve his country's relations with India.
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