Lahore: Pakistan desires the "negotiated
settlement" of all issues with India, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Tuesday said adding both countries should stand by
each other and share happiness and grief.
"We want negotiated settlement of all issues with our
neighbour India. Once peace is established in the region,
South Asian will be able to get rid of poverty, disease,
injustice and ignorance," Gilani said during a meeting with
Pakistan`s Commerce Ministry has "initiated the process of
dialogue to grant Most Favoured Nation-status to India and the
negotiations between the Commerce Secretaries of both
countries are underway in India", he told the pilgrims who had
come to Pakistan to join celebrations marking the birth
anniversary of Guru Nanak.
Gilani remarked that he had "had a very successful meeting
with Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh" on the sidelines
of the recent SAARC Summit in the Maldives.
"We agreed that negotiation was the way out to resolve all
outstanding issues," he said.
Referring to Sikhs and Muslims as the "true heirs to the
legacy and culture of Punjab", Gilani said the people of the
two parts of Punjab share a "common mother tongue, common
songs, common professions, common dresses and common festivals
such as Vaisakhi".
He added: "As in our social structure of Punjab,
neighbours are dearer (than) relatives. They stand by one
another and share their happiness and grief. Both Pakistan and
India need to play the same role. Such a role can guarantee
peace in the region".