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India keen to bring peace and harmony with Pak: Manmohan

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A file picture of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a press conference. Photo: H. Satish
The Hindu A file picture of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a press conference. Photo: H. Satish

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has said that India is keen to bring peace and harmony with Pakistan.

Dr. Singh stated this in a message to 'Pakistan-India Friendship Forum, UK on the occasion of the Eid and Diwali celebrations at the C and L Country Club this weekend.

"We are very keen to bring peace and harmony between the two countries," the Prime Minister said in the message.

Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani, in his message to the Forum Chairman Rajan Sehgal, said that his country will continue efforts to bring the people of two sides closer.

He said people of both sides should realise the global changes taking place around them. "We must prove the entire world that we are no more 'Third World' countries."

Barry Gardiner, MP, Chairman, Labour Friends of India and Patron of the Forum, appreciated efforts of the Forum to bring people of the two countries closer.

Sehgal, on his part, said people of the two countries have a great deal in common and they want peace in the region.

Dawn Butler, MP, Government Minister; Hardyal Luther, President, India International Foundation; and Saleem Shaikh, President of the Forum attended the 4-hour long musical extravaganza.

Lord Navnit Dholakia, Deputy Leader of the Lib Dem in the House of Lords; Baroness Sandy Verma; NRI Labour MP Virendra Sharma; Kartar Lalwani, CEO Vitabiotics; and Dominic Grieve, MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Justice are patrons of the Forum.

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