New Delhi: Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari who arrived here on Sunday to pay obeisance at the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti in Ajmer had constructive and fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Signalling a positive outcome, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on Sunday said the two countries are willing to find "practical, pragmatic" solutions to a "number of issues" affecting the bilateral relationship.

Emerging after a 30-minute one-on-one meeting, both Singh and Zardari gave press statements where they expressed "satisfaction" over their deliberations.

 “We have constructive, friendly exchange of views on all bilateral issues which affects India-Pakistan relation.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said ahead of his luncheon with Zardari

After landing here at 12.10 pm at Palam Air Force Base (technical area) along with his son Bilawal Bhutto, Zardari drove straight to Singh's official Race Course Road residence.

Zardari, who had expressed his desire to come on a "private visit" to go to Ajmer to pay obeisance at the shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti, was invited by Singh to join him for lunch. The invitation was accepted by Zardari.

He said, “Zardari is on private visit to India and I have taken the advantage of  it  to discuss bilateral issues. Zardari has invited me to visit Pakistan and I will be happy to visit at a convenient time.”

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“The relation between the nation should become normal is a common desire and we are willing to find tactical, pragmatic solution to the bilateral issues,” said Singh

Pakistan President, Asif Ali Zardari expressed gratitude to Manmohan Singh for inviting him to lunch. He said, “We had fruitful bilateral talks to better relations. We spoke on many topic.”

“I am hoping to meet Manmohan Singh on Pakistan soil,” said Zardari.

"We would like to have better relations with India. We have spoken on all topics that we could have spoken about and we are hoping to meet on Pakistani soil very soon," he said.

There was no structured agenda for the meeting between Singh and Zardari. The two leaders, however, did not mention the specific issues discussed during their meeting.

Action against Hafiz Saeed

Cranking up pressure on Pakistan, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh made it clear to President Asif Ali Zardari that action needs to be taken against Hafiz Saeed and other perpetrators of the Mumbai attacks, which will be a key factor to judge progress in bilateral ties.

Terrorism figured prominently during Singh's 40-minute one-on-one meeting with Zardari at the Prime Minister's Race Course road residence.

"The leaders discussed the problem of terrorism which is a major issue by which the Indian people will judge progress in bilateral relationship," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai told reporters here.

Singh told Zardari that it was "imperative" to bring the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice and prevent activities aimed against India from Pakistani soil.

"In this context, the Prime Minister also mentioned the activities of Hafiz Saeed (the founder of banned terror outfit Lashkar-e-Toiba)," Mathai said.