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Indian PM may visit Pak, says Kasuri

world Updated: Aug 13, 2007 22:48 IST

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Prime Minister Manmohan Singh may visit Islamabad after the general elections in Pakistan to be held in the next few months, Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri has said.

Addressing a public meeting in his hometown Kasur in Punjab province on Sunday, Kasuri said Prime Minister Singh would visit Pakistan after general elections and hoped there would be progress on the Kashmir issue, the Daily Times newspaper reported.

Kasuri's statement on a visit by Singh comes amid reports that the composite Indo-Pakistan dialogue had slowed down because of Pakistan's domestic turmoil.

It also quoted Kasuri as saying in an interview to ARY TV that Pakistan was on the verge of coming under Emergency rule but US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice dissuaded President Pervez Musharraf from going ahead with the measure.

Kasuri said Pakistan would further develop its ties with the US on an equal basis.

In his speech at Kasur the Foreign Minister said no one could dare to dictate to Pakistan because it is a sovereign country.
"Pakistan is a nuclear power and a sovereign nation and nobody can dictate to us, nor we will accept dictation," state run APP quoted him as saying.

"Owing to its successful foreign policy, Islamabad has cordial relations with all superpowers including China, Saudi Arabia and European Union on an equal basis," Kasuri said.