CONTENDING that Kashmir issue should not hamper improvement of ties with India in other fields, PPP leader Asif Ali Zardari has expressed openness to the idea of the state being given autonomy 'pending a final settlement', reports Times of India. He proposed setting up a commission between the two countries and 'leaders of Kashmir ' to work out 'what should be done in foreign and defence affairs'. Zardari said the PPP believed that Pak-India relations could and should be creatively rediscovered as it is 'a matter of great satisfaction that today our political opponents as well as the military establishment in Pakistan realise the importance of peace - for making or breaking nations'. "We must make viable peace. This (Kashmir) is a solvable problem that must not take further lives," Zardari said in a 'special vision statement' read out at a conference organised by an Indian magazine in London on Friday. "Pending a final settlement, we agree with the statement of your Prime Minister supporting an autonomous Kashmir running much of its own affairs," Zardari said. "A Commission can be established between the two countries and the leaders of Kashmir themselves to work out what should be done in foreign and defence affairs," he said. The PPP Chairman said that while working out the solution to Kashmir issue, "we should not allow slow progress on it to be an obstacle to work in other cooperative matters." "There are several ways to strengthen our relations. One important way is through economic integration and trade, business cooperation, media exchanges, transportation links between our two countries, the energy requirements of our economies, sports and entertainment events, cooperation in the Information Technologies, the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, in medicine, education and agriculture," said the leader of Pakistan's ruling party. Putting down President Pervez Musharraf's repeated assertions that there were no terrorist training camps in his country, Zardari said these groups pose a 'very serious danger' to the sub-continental peace process. These camps should be dismantled so that the militants do not hold the foreign policies of India and Pakistan hostage, he said. "We agree that a very serious danger to the peace process comes from militants and terrorists," Zardari said. "Therefore, the challenge for us is to dismantle the militant cells so that they cannot hold the foreign policies of two independent nations hostage to their acts of terrorism," he added. According to Zardari , the PPP "welcomed the decision by both India and Pakistan to work together on anti-terrorism efforts and to share information in this regard as a positive step forward. Pointing out that it was the PPP government of then prime minister Benazir Bhutto that had initiated the construction of the Gwadar Port in Balochistan to bring Central Asian gas and oil to world markets through Pakistan, he said the present government was also keen on building a pipeline for gas to be pumped across Pakistan to India. "The PPP government intends to make these plans a top priority - to bring these gas and oil pipelines from Central Asia to the people of Balochistan in Pakistan and to export them to India. It is vital to our economies and our industry," Zardari maintained. According to the PPP leader, "a peaceful and democratic India, Pakistan and Afghanistan can bring enormous benefits in this programme of bringing new energy resources to all of our economies. In this context, he noted that Sardar Attique, the prime minister of Pakistan Occupied Kashmir , had welcomed investment from all regions and religions of the world, including from Kashmir . "He has offered gas and electricity across the Line of Control (in Kashmir). Discussing such proposals can help bring us closer," Zardari maintained. Zardari said Pakistan and India should focus on areas like cooperation in peaceful uses of nuclear energy. "Both of our countries exploded nuclear devices in May 1998. We have now proved to each other and the world that we are firmly in the group of elite countries that have nuclear weapons. We do not have to prove our military prowess anymore," Zardari said. "We know now that there is a consensus amongst the political parties of  Pakistan and India, a consensus between our military and security establishments that peace must be established." According to Zardari , "we do not need to continue investing in an area that brings little economic return to our peoples and countries. Let us turn our investment and cooperation towards peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Let us serve our people by bringing peace to our land that we all love."