April 8th, 2012
12:10 AM ET

Pakistan's president visits India amid warming ties

President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan visits India on Sunday - the first by a Pakistani head of state in seven years amid thawing relations between the two nuclear-armed archrivals.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of India will host a lunch in honor of Zardari in New Delhi before the Pakistani leader travels to the shrine of a revered Sufi saint at Ajmer in Rajasthan state, officials said.

Zardari's visit Sunday, a private trip, comes in the wake of Pakistan's recent promise to grant India "most favored nation" trading status.

The South Asian neighbors have fought three wars, two of them over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir, since the 1947 partition of the subcontinent into Islamic Pakistan and Hindu-majority, secular India after independence from Britain.

Last year, both nations pledged not to let their fragile peace process unravel again over the range of thorny issues that put them at odds.

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  1. saywhat

    The two countries are trying to develop mutual trust. In fact countries in that region are gravitating towards adeveloping a center of power.China, India, Russia and Iran have been watching us commit folly after folly both in the M.East and Afghanistan and have been consolidating their geo-political position. All with the aim to contain and counter American interests and influence.
    Pakistan after getting the abuse and strong arming from us is now also seeking alternatives.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:44 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. saywhat

    Our law makers and those now in the race to get to the White House have exhibited no sense of this reality. Obsessed only with protecting the interests of the consecutive Israeli regimes, they see nothing beyond that in our global engagements.
    Turkey a most reliable and crucial ally was lost , thanks to this unfortunate mind set.

    April 8, 2012 at 9:49 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. krm1007

    Not sure what Pakistani Prez Z is doing in India as Indians are untrustworthy. Pakistan does not need India, India needs Pakistan. So get out of Dodge as soon as you can Prez Z and check your pockets while you exit.

    April 8, 2012 at 2:10 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. krm1007

    The biggest obstacle to peace in this world and economic under development in the region is India. Indians are living in poverty and most of its neighbors are as well....Bangladesh, Pakistan, Burma, Nepal etc. India is dragging everyone down. Pakistan fortunately has an alternate...and that is to disassociate itself from the subcontinent and align itself with Central Asia and Europe as its new gateway from the Persian/Arabian gulf. India will thus be isolated unless it decides to improve relations with Pakistan. Don't forget that Pakistan is key to providing geographical access to India for trade with Iran, Afghanistan and Central Asia.

    April 8, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Greek American

    @saywhat
    Very nicely said. Excellent points.

    April 8, 2012 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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