Pak to act if evidence against Saeed stands in court: Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar

India and Pakistan had helped each other in securing non-permanent seats in the UN Security Council while Delhi had given a waiver at the WTO to trade concessions granted to Pakistan by the European Union, she said.

Noting that regional groupings were driving economic development around the world, Khar asked: "In this region, should be we only backing fighting, quarrels, divisions and terrorism?"

A beginning could be made if India and Pakistan began to trust each other "a little" because "total trust will take lot of time," she said.

The two sides would have to start by working on "less divisive issues" before taking up issues like the Kashmir problem, she added.

"We could not solve it (the Kashmir issue) militarily in 60 years. Hostility and animosity and hatred couldn't solve it. Can't we give peace a real chance and can't we try and create the circumstances, opportunities, atmospherics and environment to try and settle all these issues at the dialogue table?" she asked.

Asked about the possibility of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Pakistan, Khar sought to play down the issue and said Islamabad should not be defensive about making a goodwill gesture such as inviting Singh for a visit.

The Indian side had repeatedly said that Singh was "keen to come" and that it was his "personal desire" to visit Pakistan, she said.

Asked if the visit would take place before the Pakistan People's Party-led government completes its tenure in March, Khar replied: "Let's hope so.

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