I've a vision for India, Pak: PM

Manmohan says he's hopeful that India and Pak will create history by signing a treaty of peace, security and friendship.

india Updated: Dec 21, 2006 12:39 IST

Reaching out to Pakistan with his "vision" of Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday renewed his offer of a bilateral treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship which would be an instrument for enduring peace and prosperity.

Welcoming "new ideas" from Pakistan to resolve outstanding issues with India, he said the two countries need to work together with an "open mind" and build trust.

Underlining that the destiny of India and Pakistan is interlinked, he said they need to put the past behind and work for a "new future" and expressed confidence that this will be achieved overcoming all hurdles.

"Last week, I had read about some new ideas and thoughts expressed from Pakistan," he told a public meeting here in an apparent reference to President Pervez Musharraf's four-point formula to resolve the Kashmir issue which included demilitarisation and joint management of the undivided state.

"We welcome all ideas as they contribute to the ongoing thought process," Singh said, adding if both sides approach issues with "open and friendly mind, and work together on resolving each of these, then it will be possible for us to resolve all pending issues through a dialogue process."

Singh, who spoke in chaste Punjabi in this area bordering Pakistan, said "I am sure that we can overcome all hurdles in our path and realise" a Treaty of Peace, Security and Friendship which he proposed here in March this year.

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 14:27 IST