After PM blunt talk, Zardari opts out of NAM

Asif ali zardari

Apparently embarrassed, the Pakistani President told Singh that they could talk after journalists have left the hall.

Pakistan's 'The News' daily extensively covered Singh's remarks in a report headlined "Singh surprises with rude public remark" but other sections of the media played up Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi's comment that the meeting between Singh and Zardari was a "positive development".

The meeting between Singh and Zardari was the first high-level contact between the leadership of the two countries since last year's Mumbai terror attacks, which India blamed on Pakistan-based elements including the Lashkar-e-Taiba.

Observers said the latest development could impact Pakistan's efforts to bring composite dialogue back on track. India put the peace process on hold in the wake of the Mumbai attacks and has linked the resumption of dialogue to Pakistan acting against perpetrators of the terrorist strike.

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