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India wants moderate, political forces to reassert in Pakistan

Last Updated: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 23:55

Bangalore: India on Friday expressed concern that
"saner voices are being silenced" in Pakistan and said New
Delhi wants moderate and political forces to reassert
themselves in that country so that it becomes easier for both
the countries to move closer.
Asked if India is concerned by increasing fundamentalism
in Pakistan in the context of assassination of Pakistan`s
Minister for Minority Affairs Shahbaz Bhatti, External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna said "we feel that saner voices are
being silenced in Pakistan, which is matter of great concern
for India".

"We want the moderate forces in Pakistan, political forces
in Pakistan to reassert themselves so that it will be easier
for India to move closer to closer to Pakistan", he said.
The UPA government is "very particular" about India`s
relationship with Pakistan, Krishna said.

"We would like to have friendly relations with them
(Pakistan), cordial relationship with them and I think a firm
foundation is being set for that".


First Published: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 23:55

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