ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar Saturday asserted that Islamabad and New Delhi should look forward by putting the past behind while Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said that Indian Prime Minister has not laid down any conditions to come to Pakistan.
The two counterparts were addressing a joint press conference following the foreign ministers’ level talks held between Pakistan and India in Islamabad with a view to review the last one-and-a-half years progress on the bilateral relations on all the disputed issues.
Krishna said that the Indian PM will visit Pakistan at an appropriate time and that India was keen to build a relationship of trust between the two countries, which would be beneficial for both sides.
He said that the resumption of talks is encouraging which have been cordial, frank, and positive so far.
Hina Rabbani Khar said whatever had happened till today is a thing of past and the countries will not be hijacked by the events of history.
She said Pakistan and India should look forward by learning lessons from the past
Khar said Pakistan is committed to relax the visa regime between Pakistan and India and to facilitate movement of businessmen of the two sides.
The trade ties with India, she believed, would be normalized by the end of this year.
She said the meeting between Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did help improve bilateral relations which saw activation of Pak-India joint commission.
The Indian foreign minister was happy that Pakistan was committed to bringing the Mumbai perpetrators to justice.
He was of the view that terrorism is a threat to both the countries and it has to be dealt with iron hands.
Hina Rabbani Khar said Pakistan was keen to have cordial relations with all its neighbour including Afghanistan and India.
Earlier, the two foreign ministers held one-on-one meeting before the delegation level talks.
Various issues including, peace, security and confidence building measures, Jammu and Kashmir, Siachen Glacier, Sir Creek, visa regime and economic cooperation were the top the agenda of the talks.