Indo-Pak Ties Need To Be 'creatively Re-invented': Zardari

20 September 2008
The Indian Express


Islamabad: Ahead of his first meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New York, President Asif Ali Zardari said ties with India need to be ‘creatively re-invented’ with bold commitments and expressed Pakistan's readiness for launch of cross-LoC trade. Making his first official pronouncements in Parliament after he assumed office earlier this month, Zardari said Pakistan would continue to seek the resolution of all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, for peace and full normalisation of bilateral ties. Outlining the foreign policy of the Pakistan People's Party-led ruling coalition, Zardari said, ”with India, the Government believes that the relationship between the two countries can and should be creatively re-invented.' He also referred to a quote from his slain wife, former Premier Benazir Bhutto, which went: 'It is time for new ideas, it is time for bold commitments, it is time for honesty both among people and between people. There has been enough pain, it is time for reconciliation.'