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SM Krishna calls on Pak Prime Minister

External affairs minister SM Krishna on Friday called on Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf who said that the country was looking forward to a visit by his counterpart Manmohan Singh.

world Updated: Sep 07, 2012 22:01 IST

External affairs minister SM Krishna on Friday called on Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf who said that the country was looking forward to a visit by his counterpart Manmohan Singh.

Krishna and Pervez talked about ways to carry forward Indo-Pak relations, sources privy to the meeting said.

Prime Minister conveyed that Pakistan was looking forward to a visit by the Indian Prime Minister, sources said.

Pakistan Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar was also present during the over 20 minute meeting.

Meanwhile, leaders from Pakistan's three main political parties called on Krishna, who arrived in Islamabad on Friday, and discussed issues ranging from the resumed dialogue process and trade.

An MQM delegation‚ led by Dr Farooq Sattar‚ called on Krishna. The delegation included Waseem Akhtar‚ Nasreen Jalil and Tahir Mashhedi.

Sattar emphasised on the need for opening of consulates in Karachi and Mumbai. He also called for making the visa procedure easier.




An ANP delegation‚ led by Senator Muhammad Adeel also called on Krishna.

Adeel said ANP believes that war offers no solution to any problem.

He emphasised the need for resolution of all outstanding issues between the two countries through dialogue.

A PML (Q) delegation headed by Senator Mushahid Hussain Syed also called on Krishna.

He expressed the hope that Prime Minister Singh would visit Pakistan soon.

While Prime Minister has accepted Pakistan's invitation, he has said that a "proper atmosphere" has to be created and a "crucial test" for Islamabad is to bring to book the perpetrators of the heinous Mumbai attacks.