WASHINGTON - Stating that Pakistan's Parliament will decide President Pervez Musharraf's future, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said that even the Bush administration was also beginning to realise that they have to see beyond him. In an interview with The Washington Post, Qureshi stressed that the  administration should bolster the triumph of democracy represented by the sidelining of Musharraf, who remains a figurehead. "Individuals are important, individuals do provide leadership. But ultimately you have to rely on institutions," Qureshi said in the interview published Saturday. "Our position is that President Musharraf has played an important role, but things have changed significantly, and the message of the people is very clear, and that message has to be understood," he said. Qureshi said the country was undergoing a 'very delicate transition' from dictatorship to democracy, adding: "Musharraf will stay as long as the Parliament thinks he should stay - and let the Parliament take that decision." On other subjects, he said the new government of Pakistan is seeking a 'partnership' with the United States and wants tangible signs that the Bush administration will increase aid and embrace Pakistani democracy. "We want to be positive, we want to cooperate, we want a long-term relationship, we want a partnership. So how serious are you in broadening that relationship - that is what we want to know," Qureshi said. Qureshi, who met with Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Friday in advance of a visit to Washington later this month by Pakistan's prime minister, Yousuf Raza Gilani, said that US officials have answered 'yes' to his question but that "it has to be demonstrated in form." On Pakistan's relationships with its neighbours, Qureshi said the new government was seeking to 'build bridges and create goodwill' in Afghanistan and plans a major effort to improve ties with long-time antagonist India. But he said the US-led war against the Taliban in Afghanistan is problematic "because there are a lot of people in Afghanistan questioning the way things are being governed." On the prospects of a rapprochement with India, the foreign minister said he had just visited New Delhi, where he said he told Indian officials, "an opportunity has come and if they do not grab, it will go." The response from Indian officials was positive, he said. "I see a desire on both sides for normalisation," Qureshi said. "My feeling is that people have outpaced the governments. . . . This region has suffered because of our acrimony and hostility, and the world is moving on and we are lagging behind. Nobody is going to be waiting for us." Agencies add: Qureshi discussed Pak-US strategic partnership with America's National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley as the senior White House official conveyed Bush administration's full support for the new democratic government. The Foreign Minister told Hadley that the new government had come to power in Pakistan with a strong sense of legitimacy and high expectations of the Pakistani people. "The government is, therefore, fully committed to turn around the tough economic situation of the country and improve law and order." Qureshi expressed the Pakistani government's determination to fight terrorism, which continues to be a threat to Pakistan. The government, he stressed, "will not negotiate with the terrorists, but will work with our people to limit the influence of extremists in the society." Qureshi reiterated Pakistan's commitment to a long-term and broad-based strategic partnership with the United States. Hadley conveyed the full support of President Bush and the US government for the democratic government in Pakistan and expressed the commitment to work with the civilian leadership to further strengthen the relationship between the two countries. Hadley agreed that the two countries should continue to maintain their engagement and strengthen dialogue and promote friendship between the two governments and peoples of the United States and Pakistan.