ON BOARD AIR INDIA ONE - Asserting that he is not putting 'blind faith in his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani for pushing bilateral dialogue, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday said Pakistans armed forces were 'on board on the peace process. Manmohan said India wanted to strengthen the hands of the civilian government in Pakistan and that Gilani, whom he met in Male on Thursday, has 'clearly understood that one more Mumbai-like attack will be a big setback in the peace process. The Indo-Pak peace process, the resumed dialogue of which is going to take place shortly, was subject to accidents, Singh said while answering a wide range of questions from journalists on board his special flight while returning from Maldives. He said his visit to Pakistan would take place only when Pakistan takes solid steps against the Mumbai attacks accused in that country. I would not like to go into the details of this matter. But when I did discuss with Pakistan Prime Minister whether Pakistans armed forces were on board, the feeling I got after a long time was that Pakistans armed forces were on board, he said in reply to a question on Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khars claim that Army was on board the peace initiatives with India. Asked what prompted him to call Gilani a 'man of peace, Singh said he had met him four-five times and every time they discussed bilateral issues, his counterpart had agreed that there was no way forward except for peaceful resolution of all problems and that terrorism was not helping the process. In fact, he (Gilani) has gone ahead and expressed his reservations that terrorism is a common enemy, it (terrorism) has not helped advance Pakistans cause. I tend to believe that Pakistan has a democratic government. We would like to strengthen the hands of the democratic government. In the desire for normalising the relations, trade and terror-related issues, I think, in Gilani Pakistan has a prime minister who is ready to work with us, he said. Asked about trusting Gilani, the Prime Minister said, it is not that we are putting blind faith in one individual, however well-meaning he may be. PM Gilani and I believe in normalisation of relations. Singh said he and Gilani agreed that the resumed round of dialogue should start and it will be imperative in the development of trade relations with the changing attitude of Pakistan by giving Most-Favoured Nation (MFN) status and the willingness of Pakistan to discuss all issues including that of terrorism. So I come back (from Male) with the expectation that the second round with Pakistan will begin very shortly. But what will be the outcome of the dialogue I cannot say now because Indo-Pak relations are subject to accidents, he said. We both recognised that if there is one (more) incident like Mumbai attack, then that would be a big setback. I think that has been clearly understood by PM Gilani, he said. 'I left Gilani in no doubt that if public opinion in India is not satisfied that justice is being done to those responsible to the barbarous attack, it wont be possible to move forward with the peace process, he said. Singh said he has accepted Gilanis invitation to visit Pakistan, but stressed that he will go when the two countries can do something 'solid together. Prime Minister Gilani has invited me to visit Pakistan every time I have met him. The right moment for my going to Pakistan would be when if we could do something solid together, he said. I would be happy to visit Pakistan but I havent made up my mind yet, he said. With a combative opposition accusing him of going soft on 26/11 terror, he said he was optimistic about the resumed peace process with Pakistan. Trade and economic relationship is one area where progress is possible. The thinking people in Pakistan realise that trade is a win-win situation, he said. Reacting to criticism back home about his describing Gilani as a man of peace, Singh said: Gilani agreed with me that there is no way but to find a peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues. Singh pointed out that his decision to resume the peace process with Pakistan was not individual-centric. Our approach to Pakistan is trust but verify. We are not putting blind faith in one individual. I do hope it will genuinely lead to the normalisation of relations, he said.