India, Pakistan for dialogue despite differences

Ahead of a possible meeting of their Foreign Ministers here, India and Pakistan have underlined that despite their differences on issues like Kashmir and terrorism they have no other alternative but to engage in dialogue.

New York: Ahead of a possible meeting of
their Foreign Ministers here, India and Pakistan have
underlined that despite their differences on issues like
Kashmir and terrorism they have no other alternative but to
engage in dialogue.

"Today there is a realisation that a negotiated
solution is the only sensible way," Pakistan Foreign Minister
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, stressing his support for the
Composite Dialogue while addressing the Asia Society here.

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna said India wants to
engage Pakistan in talks as it is the only way forward.

"India wants to keep Pakistan engaged in talks because
we do not see any other alternative....talks are the only way
to take this forward," he told the Indian media at a reception
held at the Indian Mission to the United Nations.

At this stage, Indian diplomats have not confirmed any
meeting between the two ministers here on the sidelines of the
UN General Assembly session, but a senior Pakistani diplomat
claimed that a meeting had been cleared by both ministries and
was expected to take place early next week.

Krishna will be in New York till September 29 while
Qureshi till September 30.

Pakistan`s Dawn` newspaper reported today that Qureshi
and Krishna are likely to meet tomorrow on the sidelines of
the United Nations General Assembly session.

During a "chance encounter" between the two leaders on
Thursday, Qureshi had exchanged pleasantries and thanked
Krishna for the help given to Pakistan by India through the UN
for the flood-affected people,

The paper quoted a Pakistani diplomat as saying that
Qureshi had earlier told his Indian counterpart that Islamabad
favoured a result-oriented meeting, not another photo
opportunity.

"Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has made it clear
we don`t want a meeting for the sake of photo-op. We want a
real substantive meeting," he was quoted as saying.

PTI