‘India Wants Stable, Progressive Pakistan’

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Lahore, Sept 09: Foreign Minister SM Krishna, who left for India on Sunday after completing his three day tour of Pakistan, said that India wants a stable, peaceful and progressive Pakistan as its neighbour.

Speaking to the media at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, the Krishna said that the Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, and the people of India would like to see a stable and peaceful Pakistan as it “means quite a bit to the entire region.”

Speaking about his Islamabad visit, Krishna said that he had discussions with President Asif Ali Zardari, Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf. “After seven years, we had a joint commission meeting of India and Pakistan, with the Pakistani foreign minister, Hina Rabbani Khar … it was a very fruitful visit.”

“We were able to make few decisions, we signed the visa liberalisation pact and a cultural pact – all this is going to help foster a much more cordial relationship between the two countries,” he said.

Krishna met Punjab Governor Sardar Latif Khosa and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif.

During his meeting with the Governor Punjab, Krishna said that India and Pakistan must strive to maintain the trust between the two countries. He added that however all problems cannot be solved during one meeting.

Agreeing with Krishna, Khosa said that all issues including the Kashmir problem should be solved through dialogue.

Speaking to Punjab chief minister, Krishna said that there has been significant progress in Pakistan-India relations and further improvement can be achieved by addressing all the key issues.

Sharif said that both the countries must forget past differences and move forward.

The Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) also invited Krishna for a luncheon.

During his time in Lahore, Krishna visited Data Darbar, Minar-e-Pakistan and a gurdwara. Agencies

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