Imran Khan bats for barrier-free Indo-Pak border

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Imran wants barrier-free Indo-Pak border
New Delhi, Dec 8: Pakistan's cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan on Saturday said Delhi-Islamabad ties should be like that of European Union in future, with people being allowed to move freely across the borders.The politician, who is the head of the Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaaf party, was talking at an event organised by All India Management Association.

He expressed hope that once his party comes to power in Pakistan, people will be able to drive down to Delhi from Lahore without any barriers.

"Fanaticism in Pakistan is at its peak now"


Nawaz Sharif is not able to 'go fast' on improving ties with India because of the pressure from fanatical elements.

Fanaticism in Pakistan is at its peak now, Khan observed. But once US troops exit from Afghanistan, the power of fanatics in Pak will wane, he said.

In order to bring stability to Afghanistan after the US exit from there in 2014, India and Pakistan will have to cooperate and not interfere in the functioning of the government in Kabul, Imran Khan said.

He brushed aside rumours that ties between India and Pakistan would wane if BJP comes to power post-2014. "Who comes to power is not the business of Pakistan, it is for the people of India to decide. All I want is a strong leadership, the ability of taking strong decisions," Khan said.

Pakistani youth want cordial ties with India; so favourable atmosphere for bilateral trust should be restored between the two countries, he said.

Once Kashmir issue is resolved through talks, India-Pak will have a cordial relationship, Khan said.

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