Islamabad, Apr 9: President Asif Ali Zardari's "private spiritual journey" to India ended with "a tame nudge" from the hosts who asked him to "work more to win their love," Pakistani media said today, noting that the visit should set the stage for the two sides to tackle contentious issues like the 26/11 probe.
Photographs of a smiling Zardari shaking hands with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh adorned the front pages of all Pakistani dailies. Reports of the President's meeting with Singh during his day-long trip to India yesterday noted that the Indian leader had accepted his invitation to visit Pakistan as well as New Delhi's call for more action against terrorists based on the Pakistani soil.
"Under JuD's shadow, Singh accepts Pakistan invitation," read the headline in The Express Tribune, while the influential Dawn newspaper headlined its report: "Work to win love, Zardari told in Delhi."
The Dawn, in its report on Zardari's visit, said the President "enjoyed a sumptuous lunch... with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh before offering prayers at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer, but his day-long officially 'private' visit to India ended with a tame nudge from the hosts who effectively asked him...to work more to win their love."
The Express Tribune said in its report that Singh had accepted Zardari's invitation to visit Pakistan while renewing New Delhi's demand that "Islamabad prosecute the perpetrators of the 2008 Mumbai siege - a clear reference to Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed."