NEW DELHI- Pakistan’s High Commissioner to India said on Sunday that PM Nawaz Sharif was committed to normalization of relations between the two countries on the basis of "mutual respect and mutual interest." 

Addressing an Iftar gathering at Jamia Masjid, high commissioner Abdul Basit expressed the hope that with the resumption of bilateral dialogue, things would move forward in all areas as articulated by the two prime ministers in their meeting in New Delhi on May 27, 2014. 

India and Pakistan last week sought to break the deadlock in ties by finalizing a meeting between their foreign secretaries next month. A day later, though India summoned the deputy high commissioner of Pakistan to register a protest over the delay in the Mumbai attack trial. Pakistan, in turn, raised the issue of Samjhauta blasts. 

Basit said the holy month of Ramadan was a special occasion for all Muslims as it provided a great opportunity for introspection and correction, both individually and collectively.