Sharif govt has given "good signals": India

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 21 June 2013, 08:04 PM

India on Friday said the Nawaz Sharif government in Pakistan has given 'good signals" in normalizing bilateral ties but cautioned against expecting "magicovernight".   

"With the new government (in Pakistan), good signals have been given by them. But I don't think we should expect magic overnight", External Affair Minister Salman Khurshid said, apparently referring to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's pledge to "progressively pursue" normalisation of ties with India.

"I think we should wait for a little more time and give (them) little more time to show what they (Pakistan) are ableto do and what they are capable of doing," Khurshid told reporters on the sidelines of the opening of ASEAN-India Centre at Research and Information System for Developing Countries (RIS) here.

"Government of India is engaged in both keeping track of what was happening in Pakistan and also ensuring that the channels of communication remains open in our interest," he said.

Earlier, while addressing the gathering, he said the ASEAN-India Strategic Partnership has strong foundations of shared civilisational bonds, a recent history of common effort towards economic growth and prosperity and a common future that has to be secured not just within the new security and economic architecture of the Asia Pacific but also the Indo-Pacific. 

First Published: Friday, June 21, 2013 07:59 PM
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