`Pak govt committed to improve ties with India`

Pakistan`s acting president Farooq Naek hosted a reception for a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation led by Meira Kumar.

Last Updated: Feb 23, 2012, 11:25 AM IST

Islamabad: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari is making all possible efforts to improve relations with India and the current government is actively pursuing a policy that will lead to a qualitative improvement in ties with New Delhi, acting president Farooq Naek has said.

Naek made the remarks at a reception he hosted last night for a visiting Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar.

Naek said the dialogue and the healthy exchange of ideas were essential for resolving all "core issues between the two countries, including Kashmir and water issues".

President Zardari had "made it a point to make all efforts possible to improve Pakistan-India relations", he said.

The current government is "actively pursuing a policy to bring about a qualitative improvement in relations with India", he added.

Pakistan wanted peaceful and friendly relations with all its neighbours, including India, as it believed in the need for greater cooperation for regional stability, said Naek, the chairman of the Senate or upper house of Parliament.

Naek, who acted as host for the reception as Zardari was away on a private visit to Dubai, said: "It`s time we solve all our issues, including Kashmir and water, for peace and better relationship through an open, meaningful and result-oriented dialogue, keeping in view aspirations and wishes of the people and international law, which would herald a new beginning and bring peace, prosperity and economic well-being for all of us".

PTI