March 2008 News

Ties with India will not be hostage to Kashmir: Zardari

1 March 2008
The Daily Times

Islamabad: PPP co-chairman claims Sonia Gandhi ‘too great’ a political figure for him to emulate Daily Times Monitor ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Co- chairman Asif Ali Zardari said on Saturday that good relations with India would not be held hostage to the Kashmir issue and the two countries would wait for the future generations to resolve the issue in an atmosphere of trust. “That is a situation we can agree to disagree (on),” he told Karan Thapar in CNN-IBN’s programme Devil’s Advocate. “We can be patient till everybody grows up further.” Zardari denied that the Kashmir issue could best be resolved while the army is in power in Pakistan. Asif Zardari said the PPP was “rethinking” its position on Makhdoom Amin Fahim as the prime ministerial candidate and said it would have to choose a person who could take along its coalition partners. Asked if choosing a candidate was causing a rift within the PPP, Zardari replied, “We haven’t really even come to the position where we have started to select. There are many front-runners.” He said the choice of a final candidate was still a “few days away”. The PPP was a “federal party” he added, so the candidate could belong to any province. Sonia Gandhi: Zardari said Sonia Gandhi was “too great” for him to emulate, and his role in a new Pakistani government would be of someone who is with the administration, not above it. Asked what would be his role in the new government, Zardari said, “Well, I’ll take a leaf out of your politics and do something like an inter-political role. Talking to the allied parties, making democracy come alive.” Asked if the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) could become a larger party if defectors from the PML- Quaid joined it, he said, “I think the problems faced by Pakistan today are beyond the number games.”

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