Published: November 13, 2011
Two days after he and his Pakistani counterpart resolved to write a‘new chapter’ in relations between their countries, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Saturday that Pakistan’s powerful military was fully on board in carrying forward the peace process, reports The Economic Times.
“I did discuss with Prime Minister Gilani whether the Pakistan Army is fully on board to carry forward the peace process. The sense I got was that after a long time, Pakistan’s armed forces are fully on board,” Singh told media persons on board Air India One while flying back home from the Maldives.
Premier Singh met with his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the Saarc summit in the Maldivian city of Addu.
‘Man of Peace’
Singh’s description of Prime Minister Gilani as a ‘man of peace’ invited the wrath of the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party.
Reacting to BJP’s criticism, Singh said: “I have met Prime Minister Gilani four to five times. He agreed with me that there is no way but to find a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues.”
“I, therefore, believe that Pakistan has a democratic government and we will like to strengthen the hands of democratic government,” he said. “In Gilani, we have a prime minister who we can work with.”