Asif Ali Zardari, co-chair of the Pakstan People’s Party, said the new government would focus on confidence-building measurs(CBM) in order to resolve problems confronting the nation. “We have always said that dialogue is a political tool that we have to use. We’ve always believed in dialogue under any and all conditions. We think it it time when we should give our children pens instead of guns, and promote peace in the region.” He met with Kashmiri leader Mehbooba Mufti who hoped Pakistan could work with India in order to resolve the half century old sore spot which has damaged relations between Pakistan and India.
NWFP Minister-delegate, Ameer Haider Hoti, urged his nation to explore new political alternatives in order to end bloodshed. “Only the jirga system could be effective in rstoring lasting peace in tribal areas.” He wants the government to meet with tribal leaders in an effort to end conflict in northwest regions of the nation.