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India, Pak should build on progress made in any area: Qureshi

India and Pak should build on any "positive development" in any issue including Kashmir and look at ways to make progress where it has not been achieved, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.



Islamabad: India and Pakistan should
build on any "positive development" in any issue including
Kashmir and look at ways to make progress where it has not
been achieved, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said.

He, however, trashed former President Pervez
Musharraf`s four-point formula for resolving the Kashmir
issue, saying it was "his thinking" which did not have the
endorsement of Parliament or Cabinet.

"We will not like to ignore anything. We will not like
to ignore any development or any positive development that has
taken place between India and Pakistan," Qureshi told PTI in
an interview here.

He was responding when asked to comment on India`s
emphasis that there was a need to "reaffirm" the progress made
through "complex negotiations and dialogue through patient and
unsung effort" whether in the composite dialogue or back
channel diplomacy.

"Any issue, whether it is Kashmir, Siachen, Sir Creek,
Water, any issue where progress can be made, should be made.
Where it hasn`t been made, we should look at ways and means
how to make progress. Where progress has been made, let us
build on it further," Qureshi said in a wide-ranging
interaction.

He will be having talks with External Affairs Minister
S M Krishna here on July 15 to discuss ways to reduce trust
deficit and improve ties.

Asked whether his government endorses the four-point
formula floated by Musharraf in December 2006 to resolve
Kashmir issue, the Foreign Minister said, "The four-point
formula that Gen Musharraf made then was his thinking. It was
being done through quiet back-channel diplomacy."

The formula envisaged softening of Line of Control
(LoC), self-governance, phased withdrawal of troops from
entire Jammu and Kashmir and joint supervision by India and
Pakistan.

"We are a democracy, Parliament has to own them,
Parliament has to endorse them, Cabinet has to discuss them,"
the Foreign Minister said, adding these proposals were
"neither discussed by Cabinet, nor endorsed by Parliament. So,
as democrats, there are certain Parliamentary procedures that
we have to fulfill."

PTI

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