Islamabad: Pakistan is committed to pursuing
friendly relations with India on the basis of sovereign
equality and resolving all outstanding problems, including the
"core issue" of Kashmir, to ensure a peaceful South Asia,
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Tuesday.
In a message of greetings sent to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on India`s Republic Day, Gilani said: "I avail this
opportunity to reiterate Pakistan`s strong commitment to
pursue our desire to develop friendly relations on the basis
of sovereign equality and commonality of interest."
"We are also committed to resolving all outstanding
issues, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir and
water disputes, towards realising the vision of a peaceful and
prosperous South Asia," he said.
Gilani further said: "It is with pleasure that I
convey, on behalf of the government and people of Pakistan,
our sincere greetings on the occasion of the Republic Day of
The Pakistan Premier`s message came ahead of a meeting
between the Foreign Secretaries of the two countries on the
margin of a SAARC conference to be held in the Bhutanese
capital during February 6-7.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi is expected to
visit India in March to push forward the peace process that
has been stalled since the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.