Favouring good relations between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today suggested that some elements in that country did not want the ties to improve.

"I want our relations to improve...If relations between India and Pakistan improve, a lot of things can happen. I think border states like Punjab, Rajasthan and other states will benefit if relations improve," he told a select group of reporters here during a brief visit.

He was responding when asked why the Indo-Pak Thar Express did not stop at Barmer.

"Until relations between India and Pakistan don't improve and brotherhood does not increase, the atmosphere is not right for moving ahead," Mr Singh said.

Asked why the relations were not improving, he said, "there are some forces in that country also, I don't want to say that."

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