Indo-Pak ties improving: Gilani

Hurdles affecting India- Pakistan relations can be removed.

Islamabad: Hurdles affecting India-
Pakistan relations can be removed if the two countries engage
in a dialogue with good intentions and pragmatism, Prime
Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday.

Sometime hurdles come in the way of efforts to improve
relations between the two countries but these can be removed
through dialogue, Gilani said in an address to the nation on

"If dialogue is held with good intentions and
pragmatism, the solution to every problem could be found," he

India-Pakistan relations are improving and this is a
good sign, he said.

The Foreign Secretaries of the two countries, during
their meeting in Islamabad last month, finalised the agenda of
the upcoming meeting of the Foreign Ministers on July 15, he

Gilani expressed the hope that Indian External Affairs
Minister S M Krishna`s upcoming visit to Pakistan will have
good effects on relations between the two countries.

"We have always strived (to ensure) that the two
neighbourly countries utilise their resources for the welfare
of the people and respect each other`s sovereignty," said
Gilani, who started the practice of addressing the nation on
radio on the first Friday of every month earlier this year.

The premier referred to a wide range of issues in his
speech, including domestic political concerns and relations
with other neighbouring countries.

He vowed not to let the democratic system be derailed,
saying democracy was restored after numerous sacrifices by all
political parties.

The 18th amendment to the constitution was a major
step towards ensuring the stability of the democratic system
and a parliamentary committee has been set up to implement the
reforms package, he said.

Implementing the amendments will help all state
institutions to work within their ambits, he added.

Gilani referred to the meeting of the SAARC Interior
Ministers held in Islamabad last month and said the members of
the regional grouping agreed to continue cooperation in the
war against terrorism.

"We welcome the Islamabad Declaration and fully assure
to implement the decisions of the conference," he said.


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