Both countries will have to identify and eradicate common enemies: Rehman Malik

New Delhi, Dec. 16 (ANI): Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik on Sunday said that people and governments across the border want to live in peace and harmony, and to ensure this, both countries will have to face, identify and eradicate the forces that are creating problems in this process.

Talking to reporters after attending an event at the Observer Research Foundation here, Malik said: "We will have to convey a strong message to the terrorists, extremists and criminals, who are common enemies of our economy, peace and prosperity. They must be irradiated. We will have to face, identified and eradicate those third forces who are creating problems in the way of bilateral harmony."

"We have no option except peace. We should raise a slogan of peace, friendship and love to end the atmosphere of blame-game. I got a very good response after meeting leaders, people and media here. I have a firm view that both side want peace, but we will have to work out a road map," added Malik.

The visiting minister also requested mediapersons to highlight the stories and reports about bilateral peace and harmony not the provoking stories by twisting the statement of leaders from either side.

He also emphasized that the visa agreement recently signed between both countries will be proved a historical step to build up bilateral relations more vibrant.

"The interaction between the two ministries and the governments has culminated into our visa agreement, which will create people to people contact, which was very important for peace building," said Malik.

Malik, who arrived India on a three-day visit on the invitation of Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Friday, met Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj yesterday and invited them to Pakistan.

Earlier on Friday, Malik and his Indian counterpart Sushil Kumar Shinde jointly operationalised the new visa agreement between India and Pakistan. (ANI)