Pak for equitable settlement of Kashmir issue
Last Updated: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 18:50
Islamabad: A "just and equitable settlement" of the Kashmir dispute is a priority for Pakistan as it will open new avenues for cooperation with India, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Tuesday.

Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with former Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, who has appointed Pakistan's new High Commissioner to India.

He directed Bashir to pay "special attention to improving relations" with India and seeking the resolution of outstanding issues like the Kashmir dispute.

"A just and equitable settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was a priority which would open new avenues for mutually beneficial cooperation between Pakistan and India," Gilani was quoted as saying in a statement issued by his office.

Gilani also expressed confidence in the leadership of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who he said is "a man of peace".

Incidentally, Singh had called Gilani "a man of peace" last year during the SAARC summit.

Pakistan attaches "high priority to promoting regional peace, security, prosperity and stability", he said. Bashir was recently designated as Pakistan's next High Commissioner to India, and is expected to replace the current incumbent, Shahid Malik, next month.


First Published: Tuesday, March 06, 2012, 18:50

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