India wants moderate, political forces to reassert in Pakistan
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Last Updated: Friday, March 04, 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 04, 2011, 23:55

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