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All our hopes on Vajpayee: Pak minister

November 11, 2003 00:06 IST

Pakistan on Monday night said Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee is "the only leader" who can take "bold steps" to resolve outstanding issues between the two countries as he was rated highly by its people.

"Vajpayee is an extremely experienced man and nobody can beat experience," Pakistan Information Minister Sheikh Rashid, who is in Delhi to attend the two-day SAARC Information Ministers' conference beginning on Tuesday, told reporters.

Rashid hopes the Indian prime minister along with his colleagues would be able to take steps to find solutions to Indo-Pak problems. He will try to meet Vajpayee after the latter inaugurates the SAARC conference on Tuesday.

"Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf and Prime Minister Mir Zafarullah Khan Jamali have sent their warm greetings, good wishes and a message of friendship for the Indian prime minister and I will require only a short while to convey this message," he said at a reception hosted by Pakistani High Commissioner Aziz Ahmed Khan.

On resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue, he said, "If intentions are good, all issues can be resolved. Otherwise there will be only statements for the media."

About the ban on Indian TV channels and films in Pakistan, he said there could be a rethink on these issues. "Indian audio and video cassettes of films are doing pretty well in Pakistan," he said without elaborating.

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