NAY PYI TAW - India on Monday said it would explore all options to normalise relations with Pakistan and its intentions were ‘very transparent’ in this direction.
“With Pakistan, speculation will never stop and I wouldn’t like to enlist myself in the club of speculators. All I can convey to you is that India’s intentions are very honest, India’s intentions are very transparent,” External Affairs Minister SM Krishna said. “Dr Manmohan Singh wants good relationship, the people of India want a good relationship with Pakistan and we certainly will make every effort from our side to see that normalisation of relationship as good neighbours could be possible and we will explore all options to do that,” he said.
His remarks came a few days after India and Pakistan failed to sign a liberalised visa agreement, agreed on between Singh and President Asif Ali Zardari in April.
India expressed disappointment over it saying it had gone fully prepared to the Home Secretary-level meeting in Islamabad where the visa deal was to be signed last week.
Meanwhile, holding Pakistan responsible for delay in implementation of the liberalised visa regime, Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar Monday said relaxation in norms was essential for improving trade relations between the two neighbours.
“I feel Pakistan is responsible (for failure to ink the liberalised visa regime),” he told reporters when asked about the reasons for India and Pakistan failing to sign the much-anticipated agreement for visa liberalisation.
Pakistan, Aiyar said, has suggested that such an agreement should be signed by ministers and not at the secretary level.