ISLAMABAD (APP) - President Asif Zardari said on Wednesday that the leaders of South Asia should not let the shadows of history impede progress on resolving outstanding issues between them for establishing a durable peace in the region. He was talking to the former Indian Minister of External Affairs and renowned author Jaswant Singh who called on him at Aiwan-e-Sadr. Sardar Aseff Ahmad Ali, Adviser to Prime Minister on Education, Nawabzada Malik Ammad Khan, MOS for Foreign Affairs, were also present during the meeting. President Asif Zardari said there was a need to look beyond shadows of history and to forge a mutual relationship sans suspicions and mistrust. He said the worst sufferers of the security driven policies for past more than 60 years have been the people of the region. He said that it was time to take up common fight against militancy and poverty that confronted our people. Appreciating the scholarly pursuits of Jaswant Singh, the President said that objective, independent and responsible media can make valuable contributions in not only removing the misperceptions but also bring closer together the people of the region. Jaswant Singh who is visiting Pakistan to attend launching ceremony of his book 'Jinnah: India, Partition, Independence thanked the President for meeting and presented his book to President Zardari.