Pak is home of Prime Minister of India: Gilani

Manmohan Singh was born in Pakistan. It is his home, Gilani said.

Updated: Jan 23, 2011, 18:08 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan is the "home" of Indian
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and he will be given a warm
welcome whenever he chooses to visit the country, Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday.

"Manmohan Singh was born in Pakistan. It is his home.
We will welcome him whenever he wishes to come here,"
Gilani said during an interaction with representatives of the
foreign media at his residence here.

Asked if he was inviting Singh to visit Pakistan,
Gilani replied: "Whenever he wishes (to come to Pakistan), we
will welcome him."

Singh was born in Chakwal in Pakistan`s Punjab
province, from where his family moved at the time of
partition. Gilani said his Indian counterpart appeared to be
"serious" about dialogue to usher in peace in the region.

Singh was facing pressure from the Indian public not
to resume dialogue with Pakistan in the wake of the 2008
Mumbai terror attacks but the two countries should not be held
"hostage" by this incident, Gilani said.

India suspended the composite dialogue process after
the Mumbai attacks, which were blamed on the Pakistan-based
Lashker-e-Taiba terror group.

Gilani and Singh have met several times on the
sidelines of international gatherings like the UN General
Assembly since then.

The Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan will
meet on the margins of a SAARC meeting in Bhutan next month to
discuss ways to normalise relations between the two countries.