India, Pakistan should focus on trade ties: Zardari
Monday, 03 March 2008

Press Trust of India . Islamabad

India and Pakistan could set aside the Kashmir issue to be resolved by a future generation while they focus on trade and economic ties to improve bilateral relations, PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said on Saturday.

Dismissing the belief in some sections in India that the Kashmir issue could best be sorted out while the army is in power in Pakistan, Zardari, whose Pakistan People’s Party is set to form the new government, said people-to- people contacts and inter-dependence in trade could help negate the ‘fear factor’ in both countries.

If India were to invite the new Pakistani prime minister for a visit, he would go to Delhi along with the leaders of all political parties that would back the PPP’s government to signal Islamabad’s desire for better relations, the husband of slain former premier Benazir Bhutto told interviewer Karan Thapar on the ‘Devil’s Advocate’ programme.

While conceding that the prime minister, Manmohan Singh, and the president, Pervez Musharraf, ‘may have probably had the best understanding ever’, he said: ‘I want to take (the relations) to a stage of such confidence-building that the fear factor diminishes from both angles.

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