United Nations: Pakistan is willing to
resolve all outstanding issues, including Kashmir with India,
with which it is engaged in a "substantive dialouge" process
that it hopes should be "uninterrupted", Foreign Minister Hina
Rabbani Khar has said.
Khar was addressing the 193-member UN body on behalf of
Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani who could not attend the
66th session due to floods in Pakistan.
The 34-year old Foreign Minister said Pakistan is
reaching out to its "immediate neighbours" with a "sincere"
desire to join hands and bring about "durable peace and
development, by a win-win approach.
"I am happy to note that both Pakistan and India are
now engaged in a substantive dialogue process.
A dialogue process that we in Pakistan hope will be
uninterrupted and uninterruptable.
We certainly intend to make this engagement fruitful
and premise it on the promise of a mutually rewarding
enterprise that would enable us to optimally avail the
complementarities that exist," she said in her maiden speech.
Khar said Pakistan looks forward to "resolving all
outstanding issues including Kashmir," which is among the
oldest on the United Nations agenda and has been the subject
of several Security Council resolutions.
"A peaceful resolution that accords fully with the
aspirations of the Kashmiris is indispensable for durable
stability as is the need for safeguarding of their fundamental
human rights," she said, adding that Pakistan will "support"
the human rights of Kashmiris.
Khar further said the reality of a "nuclearised"
South Asia imposes on Pakistan and India the "onerous"
responsibility to work together for creating mutual
confidence, avoiding an arms race and enhancing strategic
"We look forward to moving in this direction in the
She told the international audience that Pakistan
attaches "highest importance" to promoting the goals of peace,
security and stability in the world.
"In our own region we have relentlessly endeavoured
towards creating an environment of shared prosperity and
"A democratic, progressive and prosperous Pakistan
embedded in a stable, secure and prosperous region guides the
framework of our foreign policy."
"As a democratic country, Pakistan will continue to
do its best for the cause of global peace and prosperity," she
remain unflinchingly democratic. We will
defeat those that seek to terrorise us," the Foreign Minister
Pakistan will not only work to empower women, it will
also protect the weak and the vulnerable in its midst,
especially minorities as well as those abroad.
She said Pakistan will overcome challenges and will
be a "peaceful and prosperous society".