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India hopes for speedy democracy in Pakistan

Sujay Mehdudia

NEW DELHI: With developments in Pakistan unfolding at a fast pace, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday expressed the hope that the democratic process would soon begin in the neighbouring country, where Emergency was imposed last weekend.

He said New Delhi wanted peace, prosperity and stability to prevail in Pakistan.

“We are watching the situation closely,” the Minister told newsmen after inaugurating the first India-Africa Hydrocarbon Conference here.

“We do hope the process of democratisation in Pakistan to begin soon and the people of Pakistan will get an opportunity to have their government as per their Constitution.”

At the conference, Mr. Mukherjee said India had been exploring possibilities of cooperation in non-conventional energy which was expanding fast.

“We are also exploring the possibilities of civil nuclear cooperation with the U.S. As and when it happens, it would open immense possibilities for the growth of nuclear energy thereby strengthening energy security for the country.”

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