India would deal with any govt in Pakistan: Mathai

Last Updated: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 19:36

New Delhi: Amid the perceived tug of war between Zardari government and the Army in Pakistan on memogate row, India on Thursday said it would prefer democracy in that country but was willing to work with any dispensation to normalise ties.
Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said irrespective of
one`s liking, India has to find a way to get along and manage
a normal relationship with Pakistan irrespective of who is in
government there.

"We will obviously prefer to deal with a democratic
government in Pakistan. But we will learn and live with any
kind of government that Pakistan has," he told an interactive
session with participants of Jagriti Yatra 2011 here.

Mathai was responding to a question from a participant
whether or not a "weak democracy" in Pakistan is a problem for
India to deal with it.
"We have found that democracies don`t go on war....
Generally, in any democracy, the government of the day tends
to be focussed on the most priorities of the people and those
that we know from our own experiences that priorities like the
day-to-day problems, development issues and sometimes that of
survival," he said.

The Foreign Secretary said India has had a "chequered
history" in dealing with Pakistan in the past.
"Be that as it may, we can choose friends but you can`t
choose neighbours. Whether you like it or you don`t like it,
you need to find a way to get along and manage a normal
relationship irrespective of who is in government in
Pakistan," he said.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, January 5, 2012 - 19:36
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