India for best possible relations with Pakistan: Manmohan

By Manish Chand, IANS

On Board Air India One : Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Thursday said India is watching the new political order shaping up in Pakistan and made a strong pitch for “best possible relations” with the neighbouring country.

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“I have always maintained that our two countries need to have best possible relations,” Manmohan Singh told reporters in a mid-air press conference while returning from his five-day trip to Nigeria and South Africa.

“Whenever an opportunity arises we will take full advantage of it to improve our relations,” he said when asked about India’s response to political developments in Pakistan.

Pakistan’s former prime minister Benazir Bhutto Thursday returned home from her self-imposed exile. Her return was facilitated after the Pakistan government withdrew corruption cases against her as part of a deal with President General Pervez Musharraf.

“I think that the new political order in Pakistan is yet to take shape but I believe very sincerely that the destinies of the people of India and Pakistan are interlinked,” he said.

The prime minister added that both countries must work hard sincerely to normalise their relations and deal with all outstanding problems.