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PM waiting for right time to visit Islamabad: Saran

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Islamabad, June 7: India says it has no 'hesitation' over Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's proposed visit to Pakistan but was only waiting for the 'right time.' ''There is no hesitation on part of India regarding the visit by the Prime Minister to Islamabad... we are waiting for the right time. We are working on a substantive agenda so that the visit may prove a positive one,'' Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran told a group of Pakistani reporters in New Delhi, news reports here said.

''A lot of expectations have been pinned upon this visit that we never want to turn it into disappointments,'' he added.

Rejecting the proposal of 'joint control' over Jammu and Kashmir, the Foreign Secretary said such an arrangement was not acceptable to India. Concerning the proposal about 'Self Governance', he said it required the public institutions to be in place.

''While a four-tier public representation system is in place in Kashmir, there are no such institutions in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) and the Northern Areas,'' Mr Saran said, adding had such institutions been in place, then they could have managed issues such as tourism, water management and other affairs jointly.

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