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article imagePakistan and India to normalize relations following Zardari visit

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By Paul Iddon     Apr 8, 2012 in Politics
Asif Ali Zardari the President of Pakistan has had "friendly" talks with the Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his rare visit to the country.
In their respective reports BBC News, Denver Post and Sky News pointed out that the two leaders concluded that they "would like to have better relations" and have a shared desire for more "normal" relations.
"We have a number of issues, but we are willing to find practical and pragmatic solutions to all those issues."
"That's the message President Zaradari and I would like to convey."
-- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
The two officials are said to have discussed a lot of issues that affect both their countries. Included in these discussions was Hafiz Saeed, the head of the Lashker-e-Taiba militant group based in Pakistan, India believes it has enough evidence to arrest him but Pakistan disputes this. India has accused him of being the mastermind behind the 2008 terrorist attacks on Mumbai.
India has also offered to help Pakistan in its efforts to rescue some 100 of its soldiers buried in an avalanche on the Siachen Glacier in the region of Kashmir, the political status of which both countries have been disputing for decades.
Zardari was going to India to visit the shrine of a famous Sufi Muslim saint named Moinudin Chishti. His visit was originally intended to be a private one but it subsequently evolved into an official state visit which appears to have had quite a positive diplomatic outcome.
Singh has accepted an invitation to in turn visit Pakistan on a date that will suit both countries.
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