Islamabad: Pakistan wants to have good
neighbourly relations with India through the peaceful
resolution of all outstanding issues, including the "core
issue" of Kashmir, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said
Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with Gen
James Mattis, the new chief of the US Central Command who is
on his first visit to Pakistan after assuming the post.
Mattis is reviewing US support for Pakistan`s flood
relief efforts and will update Pakistani leaders on the
current American strategy in Afghanistan.
The premier "reaffirmed Pakistan`s keen desire to have
good neighbourly relations with India through peaceful
resolution of all outstanding issues between the two
countries, including the core issue of Kashmir as well as the
water dispute", said a statement issued by Gilani`s office.
Pakistan had "all along strived for restoration of the
composite dialogue with India in the larger interest of peace
in this region and the world at large", Gilani said.
The composite dialogue was suspended by India in the
wake of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, which New Delhi blamed on the
Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba terror group.
Referring to relations with the US, Gilani said it was
"gratifying that intelligence sharing between Pakistan and the
US had substantially increased in the recent past" and both
sides were fully cooperating in the war against terror and for
restoring peace and stability in Afghanistan.
Pakistan is providing all necessary cooperation to
afghan President Hamid Karzai`s administration to bring about
stability in the war-torn country, he said.