Zardari formally invites Manmohan Singh to Pakistan

President sends letter to Indian prime minister, says visit will help in maintaining peaceful, prosperous South Asia.


Ppi July 27, 2012

ISLAMABAD: Taking a step further to improve bilateral relations between India and Pakistan, President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday formally invited Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan.

Presidential spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the invitation has been sent through a letter via Pakistan’s High Commission in New Delhi, the report said adding that the letter suggested Singh to visit his ancestral hometown on the birth anniversary of Baba Guru Nanak Sahib.

The letter said that the visit would not only be appreciated by the Pakistani nation, but will also reinforce the mutual desire of both the countries to promote inter-faith and inter-religious harmony, the report stated.

In the letter, the president said it was important to sustain the bilateral process and make it more result-oriented to maintain a peaceful and prosperous South Asia.

Indian Foreign Minister SM Krishna will also be visiting Pakistan in September as part of the ongoing secretary-level talks between the two nations.

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V. C. Bhutani | 8 years ago | Reply

One is not necessarily a hawk if one disagrees with the idea of the Indian PM visiting Pakistan, whether for a state visit or as a private visitor. Contrary to the position taken in the editorial, I for one do not see in Pakistan a constituency for good relations with India. All Pakistan government’s acts of omission and commission – in that order – serve to show that Pakistan government is not prepared to do even the minimum needed for setting the ball rolling. Much goes on to this day which discourages one from thinking that good India-Pakistan relations are possible. Ms Sherry Rehman says “. . . that Pakistan’s old policy of seeking strategic depth in Afghanistan had changed and so had its attitude towards India” (vide Dawn of today). She may well be right, and, if true, this is heartening. But the Dawn report had not a word to add or to explicate what the ambassador had said. That does not take us very far. V. C. Bhutani, Delhi, India, 29 July 2012, 2015 IST

gp65 | 8 years ago | Reply

It is unfortunate but the SC has eroded the credibility of any PPP prime minister over whose head there is a constant sword of Damocles hanging. Unless and until there is a Prime Minister and government in Pakistan whose decisions are going to be implemented, it does not make sense for Manmohan singh to visit Pakistan.

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