Describing Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardaris invitation to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to visit his place of birth in that country as a touching invitation,External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Thursday said he hoped that Singh will be able to visit Pakistan someday.
Inshallah,I hope that someday the Indian Prime Minister will be able to travel to Pakistan and greet the people of Pakistan that India means well, Krishna said,while inaugurating the Passport Seva Kendra in Srinagar.
Singh was born in Gah village in Pakistans Punjab,and former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf had first invited him to visit his place of birth. Subsequently,Zardari and former Pakistan PM Yousaf Raza Gilani have reiterated the invitation.
Describing Singhs luncheon meeting with Zardar in Delhi in April as one of the most cordial meetings Krishna said: It has been the consistent policy of India is to engage with Pakistan.
He reaffirmed the necessity of continuous engagement by the India and Pakistan in dialogue process to amicably address all issues.
He said that during his last meeting with Pakistani Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar,he had frank and candid discussion. She conveyed to me that there has been a change in the mindset of people of Pakistan vis-a-vis relations with India, he said.
He also talked about improving trade relations and people -to-people contact between the two countries.
On the occasion,J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah urged Krishna to take up with Pakistan issues like cross LoC trade. The government should also simplify visa regime for cross LoC travel, Omar said.