Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said it was a
"welcome realisation" on the part of India that the talks
between the two countries should not be held hostage to the
2008 terrorist attack of Mumbai.
Pakistan Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani made the
comments to a delegation of American Senators led by Robert P
Gilani mentioned about the recent "fruitful visit" of the
Pakistan Foreign Minister to India and also earlier visits of
the Commerce Secretary and Interior Secretary and exchange of
at senior level between the two countries.
He said that it was "welcome realisation" on the part of
India that the talks between India and Pakistan should not be
held hostage to terrorist attack of Mumbai, a statement issued
by the Prime Minister`s house said.
Meanwhile, Gilani asked the US to devise a common strategy
that covers relationship of the two countries beyond 2014 and
stressed that both should learn to trust each other.
He also admitted to divergence of view with the US.
The Prime Minister called upon the delegation to devise a
common strategy that covers relationship of the two countries
beyond 2014 and which is also instrumental in assisting each
other in intelligence sharing and defence co-operation with a
view to keep the region stable.
Gilani said that Pakistan wanted a sovereign, independent,
stable and prosperous Afghanistan and it supports the process
of reconciliation in the country which is Afghan-led and
Pakistan is part of solution and not part of problem,
Gilani added, the statement said.
The US Senators expressed their grave concern over the
Improvised Explosive Devices(IED) which are killing the
Pakistani and US troops alike.
The Senators were told that the Pakistani government had
already placed stringent laws which regulate the
manufacturing, transportation, storage and sale of the
Pakistan has amended the Explosive Amendment Law to cope
with the situation, the statement said.
Gilani said Pakistan had already blocked about 20 million
unauthorised SIM cards as part of anti-terrorism initiatives.
The Interior Secretary apprised the Senators that in
collaboration with the US Embassy, an awareness campaign
against IEDs will be launched next month so that people know
the dangers involved and also how to protect themselves from
the dangerous explosive device.
The Prime Minister said that a Centre of Excellence
had been set up at Raisalpur that exclusively imparts training
to the personnel of the law Enforcement Agencies, enhancing
their capacity to deal with the lethal explosive and saving
the valuable lives.