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Set aside Kashmir, focus on trade ties: Zardari
March 01, 2008 15:18 IST
Dismissing the belief in some sections in
While conceding that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh [Images] and President Pervez Musharraf [Images] "may have probably had the best understanding ever", he said: "I want to take (the relations) to a stage of such confidence-building that the fear factor diminishes from both angles. "
"People-to-people contacts should be improved, then trade inter-dependence of trade - if Indian industry depends on Pakistani energy and I depend on the Indian market for my product to be sold, we are both inter-dependent, financially integrated industry-wise," Zardari told Karan Thapar on CNN-IBN.
When it was pointed out that some sections in
Asked about the Charter of Democracy signed by the PPP and the PML-N in 2006 that committed both parties to resolving
"But having said that, we don't want to be hostage to that situation. That is a situation we can agree to disagree (on). Countries do, we have positions, you have positions. We can agree to disagree on everything."
Zardari said India and Pakistan could "agree to disagree on (the UN resolutions), we can wait, we can be patient till everybody grows up further, maybe the coming generation grows up even further and then let's interact as human beings and come to a position of love."
Asked if the PPP would be willing to put aside the
When bilateral relations improve, the two nations can come back and tackle thorny issues with the benefit of improved ties.
"Today there are fixed notions. When dependency increases (and) we have matured enough (and) we've got trust between us, then nobody has fixed issues," he said.
Asked if he initially wanted to focus on trade and economic inter-dependency, he replied: "Yes, the idea is that (if)
The new PPP government would be committed to the Iran-Pakistan-India gas pipeline project and would guarantee its security.
Zardari said he was determined to break barriers and mindsets that deter trade. "That's the idea," he said.
Agreeing that the border issue between
Asked if there would be support across the Pakistani political establishment for such a move, Zardari said: "I think the economical dependency that I'm talking about, nobody has really made the Pakistanis aware what position they are (in) and what they can gain.
"When they realize that they can change, the world will change. Economically, it's a thousand per cent leap we'll get into and the benefit of the thousand per cent leap is going to (have an) effect across the board."
Replying to a question about the response to a possible invitation for the new Pakistani Premier to visit
He said: "I think the new PM of
Asked if such a move might trigger a backlash in Pakistan, he replied: "That's what the leadership is all about, that's what popularity is all about - the fact that I do something with the will of the people is my plus not my minus."