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