Friday, August 31, 2012

NAM Summit: Asif Ali Zardari invites Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to Pakistan

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh talked tough on the 26/11 Mumbai attacks when he met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the NAM summit in Tehran on Thursday. Dr Singh urged Pakistan to speed up the 26/11 trials, saying it would be a major confidence building measure and would help bridge the trust deficit between the two countries.

President Zardari also reportedly invited Dr Singh to Pakistan. Dr Singh told President Zardari that he would visit Pakistan at "a suitable time."

The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 16th NAM summit and is the second meeting between the two leaders this year.

The meeting comes a day after the Indian Supreme Court upheld Ajmal Kasab's death sentence in the Mumbai terror attack case, strengthening India's case for action against others involved in the 26/11 strike.

Dr Singh had last met Mr Zardari in New Delhi in April this year when the Pakistani President made a private visit to India to pray at the Sufi shrine in Ajmer.