United Nations: Ahead of Foreign
Ministers meeting, President Asif Ali Zardari on Friday said
Pakistan is looking forward to the resumption of Composite
Dialogue with India and sought a peaceful resolution of all
outstanding issues, including Kashmir.
Addressing the United Nations General Assembly here,
Zardari said Pakistan believes dialogue is the only way
forward and that tensions between the two countries must be
"We look forward to the resumption of the Composite
Dialogue process. We seek a peaceful resolution of all
outstanding issues with India.
"Meaningful progress towards resolution of the Kashmir
dispute is necessary for durable peace and stability in South
Asia," he said.
Zardari`s comments come as Foreign Secretaries and
Ministers of two countries are set to meet tomorrow and Sunday
respectively during which Islamabad`s action against terror
emanating from its soil will be discussed.
Pakistan will continue to play a constructive role in
promoting conflict resolution and strategic restraint in South
Asia and foster initiatives on nuclear disarmament and
non-proliferation on the basis of non-discrimination, Zardari
"We support all efforts for arms control, disarmament
and non-proliferation. The principle of equal security is of
fundamental importance for achieving these objectives," he
The President said Pakistan will continue to work with
Afghanistan and the international community for the early
restoration of peace and stability in that country.
"Pakistan has hosted more than 2.5 million Afghan
refugees for the past three decades. We have been hosting them
on our own. We call upon the world to help in the safe return
of the refugees to their homes," he said.
About Pakistan`s economic revival efforts, he said the
government is engaged in economic revival by developing our
agriculture, building mega hydel projects,initiating water
conservation projects and undertaking infrastructure projects.
He also urged the world to do more for the peace and
development of people affected by militancy and terror.
"We need to create economic opportunities for our
people. We urge our friends and partners to help Pakistan with
market access for the economic revival and well-being of their
people," he added.