Pak wants resolution of all issues, Kashmir with India
Pakistan wants the peaceful resolution of all contentious issues with India, including Kashmir, so that it can "entirely focus" on the western border with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism, PM Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Friday.
Islamabad: Pakistan wants the peaceful
resolution of all contentious issues with India, including
Kashmir, so that it can "entirely focus" on the western border
with Afghanistan to eliminate terrorism, Prime Minister Yousuf
Raza Gilani said on Friday.
Gilani made the remarks during a meeting with a
visiting delegation of US Senators.
He briefed the Senators on various aspects of
Pakistan`s foreign policy, including relations with key
neighbours like Afghanistan and India.
"Pakistan wants to have good neighbourly relations
with India and seeks the peaceful resolution of all the
contentious issues between the two countries, particularly
Kashmir and water disputes, to be able to entirely focus its
attention on its western border for rooting out terrorism,"
Gilani was quoted as saying in an official statement.
Separately, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi
said Pakistan will approach the dialogue process with India
with a "positive and constructive mindset with a view to
resolving all bilateral issues," including Kashmir issue.
Briefing the Parliamentary Committee on National
Security on Pakistan-India relations, Qureshi said the
resumption of the peace process with India "was an important
Qureshi`s remarks came days ahead of a meeting with
his Indian counterpart S M Krishna in Islamabad on July 15.
The two foreign ministers are expected to discuss the next
steps in the re-engagement process between the two countries.
The Foreign Minister briefed the parliamentary panel
on the recent Foreign Secretary-level talks between India and
Pakistan and said they were "exploratory in nature" and
"primarily meant to prepare" the ground for the meeting
between the Foreign Ministers.
The Foreign Secretary-level talks had "helped in
improving the atmospherics and in laying the ground work for
the ministerial meeting," Qureshi was quoted as saying in an
Qureshi`s meeting with the lawmakers was part of
regular consultations aimed at evolving national consensus on
key foreign policy issues, the Foreign Office said.