Zardari urges India to respond positively


April 23, 2010

ISLAMABAD: India must respond positively on the Pakistani roadmap for the restoration of the composite peace dialogue, President Asif Ali Zardari said here on Friday.

“Only extremists and anti-state elements are benefiting from the delay.” He said this during a meeting with federal Minister of Population and Welfare Dr Firdaus Ashiq Awan at the Presidency. Pakistan, without a doubt, was playing a positive role for restoring peace in South Asia, he said. During the course of the meeting, the minister briefed thepresident about her meeting with head of the Congress Party, Sonia Gandhi, and Lok Sabha Speaker Meena Kumar during her brief stay in India.

Stressing the need for early resumption of composite dialogue, Ms Awan said that talks were the only way to remove misperceptions between India and Pakistans. President Zardari said that Pakistan wanted to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute, in an amicable manner. Both the countries, Mr Zardari said, should start negotiations as soon as possible, otherwise extremists and anti state elements would benefit. He expressed the hope that the Indian government would respond positively to Pakistan’s offer. “Pakistan’s roadmap is the only way which can end bitterness between both the countries.”

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