Washington: Pakistan is working to step up
dialogue with India and to make it more result-oriented with
the hope the Kashmir issue could be resolved peacefully,
Islamabad`s new ambassador to the US, Sherry Rehman said
"It is our intent to enhance our dialogue with India and
to make it productive and result-oriented, with the hope that
the Kashmir issue finds just and peaceful resolution," Rehman
said, in her speech at the US Institute of Peace - a
This was Rehman`s public appearance in Washington after
she presented her credentials to the US President, Barack
Obama, at the White House recently.
Pakistan is pursuing a non-intrusive peace offensive in
the region, she said.
"In English, this means broadening and strengthening our
relationship with India, which is stepping up to our offers of
multiple and sustained conversations," Rehman said, adding
that Pakistan will support a peace process that is Afghan-led
and Afghan owned, in real-time practice, not just as a policy
"We do not consider Afghanistan our strategic backyard,
as many claim we do, but we do have the highest stakes in
Afghan stability since we simply cannot afford the blow-back
from either a civil war there again, nor any other kind of
surge into Pakistan, with its long, porous border.
Our motives in the region are driven by a legitimate
anxiety about the security transition in a post-US draw down
timeline in Afghanistan, certainly not ambition," she said.
Coming to the US at a time when the relationship
between the two countries is said to be at a rock-bottom,
Rehman listed out her priorities in Washington.