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Delay in Indo-Pak dialogue benefiting extremists: Zardari

Last Updated: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 20:53

Islamabad: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari Friday urged India to respond positively to the Pakistani road map for the restoration of the peace dialogue as only "extremists and anti-state elements" are benefiting from the delay in the process.

Asserting that Pakistan wants to solve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute, in an amicable manner, Zardari said both countries must come to negotiations table soon, otherwise extremists and anti-state powers would benefit out of it.

He hoped that the Indian government must give a positive response to Pakistan`s offer as negotiations are the only tool that can bring both the countries together and bitterness can be ended, Online news agency reported.

Zardari`s statement came during his meeting with Population and Welfare Minister Firdaus Ashiq Awan, who called on him to brief him about her visit to India and meeting with the ruling Congress` chief.

Awan also mentioned her meeting with Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar, stressing both Pakistan and Indian parliamentarians must work together for the welfare of both countries.

Asserting that talks were the only way to remove "misconceptions" between India and Pakistan, she stressed the need for the resumption of composite dialogue, suspended after the Mumbai terror attacks.

PTI

First Published: Friday, April 23, 2010 - 20:53

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