Beijing: India and Pakistan should learn to
live with each other`s positions and talk so that "issues"
between the two countries do not pass on to the next
generation, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said.
Khar, who is on her maiden visit to China, said, Pakistan
accords priority to improve ties with neighbours specially
India and Afghanistan.
Difficulties in the relationship between Pakistan and
India should not simply pass on to the next generation, Khar,
who was elevated as Pakistan`s foreign minister last month,
told state-run China Daily.
Besides unresolved "core issues", mutual trust must be
built by looking at other issues, she said.
Islamabad and New Delhi have to learn to live with each
other`s positions and talk to each other.
"If we can`t learn to trust each other, the issues will
be passed on to the next generation," she told Global Times.
On Afghanistan, she said that any action in the war
ravaged country should be based on realities on the ground and
not on any artificial or preset deadlines.
"Pakistan will support the Afghans` decisions built on
political reconciliation and the strategic agreement reached
with countries in the region," she said.
But surprisingly, even Chinese media`s focus remained on
terrorism emanating from Pakistan, while covering her first
visit, in the light of August 1 charge by a municipal
government of Kasghar, a city in China`s Xinjiang which
experienced brutal attacks by Uyghur militants last month.
Highlighting China`s concerns, the headline in today`s
China Daily about her visit was Pakistan Foreign Minister
calls for "more robust" anti terror cooperation.
Khar told the daily that China and Pakistan will seek
more robust ties on counter terrorism mechanism through
"Terrorism is against the interests of both our countries
and regional economic integration. And we are going to push
such cooperation further by strengthening the sharing of
intelligence," she told Global Times.
The East Turkistan Islamic Movement (ETIM), she said is a
common enemy and both the countries have firm resolve to
eliminate the menace.
She also said media`s attention on her "personal charm
and doubts over her diplomatic experience," should not
overshadow her work.
"I hope such media discussion will not overshadow my real
diplomatic activities, and of course there are both advantages
and disadvantages of being young, but you can`t measure a
person`s ability by how old he or she is," she said, stressing
that many people tend to overlook her seven-year career in the
federal government as Junior Minister in President Gen. Pervez