Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Monday patted himself on his back claiming that his
interactions with Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh led to
"no blame game" after the recent bombings in Mumbai unlike in
Gilani made the remarks during an interaction with a
gathering of intellectuals, writers and poets to mark the
launch of his new initiative "PM in dialogue with the nation".
The premier said it was because of his interaction
with that following the recent bombings at Mumbai, there was
"no repeat of the blame game of 2008" and the Indian
government acted "maturely".
Gilani was referring to the 2008 Mumbai attacks that
were blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and led to
the suspension of the bilateral peace process for over two
India and Pakistan agreed to resume their dialogue in
February and the Foreign Ministers of the two sides are set to
meet in New Delhi on July 27 for crucial talks.
Pakistan desires good ties with all countries
"without accepting the hegemony" of any country and relations
should be based on mutual respect and interests, Gilani said.
He recalled his meetings with the Indian Prime
Minister and Afghan President Hamid Karzai and said these led
to improvement in bilateral ties.
Under the new dialogue, Gilani will hold four
interactive sessions with writers, artistes, vice chancellors
of universities and the media.