`Will engage with India for trade and dialogue`

Pak PM said both Pakistan and India wants to have good relations with each other.

Updated: Nov 05, 2011, 19:12 PM IST

Lahore: Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday said Islamabad will engage New Delhi for both
trade and dialogue to resolve all matters including "core
issues", hours after going back on granting the Most Favoured
Nation (MFN) status to India.

"We should do trade and talks with them...All our core
issues, including Kashmir, we will have talks with them," he
told reporters here on the sidelines of an official function
this afternoon.

He said both Pakistan and India wants to have good
relations with each other.

"So we will not only have good business and bilateral
relations but also resolve all issues with India," he said
after inaugurating a new satellite control centre.

Gilani however said Pakistan will not withdraw from the
Kashmir issue, as it is considered the foundation of the
ruling Pakistan People`s Party.

He added that the country will have a uniform policy for
India to resolve all issues.

Earlier, Gilani had backtracked on granting the MFN
status to India saying the Commerce Ministry has only
been tasked by the Cabinet to move forward on the issue in
bilateral trade negotiations.

His statement had come three days after Pakistan
Information Minister Firdous Awan announced following a
Cabinet meeting that it has been decided "unanimously" to
grant MFN status to India.

Meanwhile, referring to cricketer-turned-politician Imran
Khan`s recent warning about launching a civil disobedience
movement if all politicians did not declare their "hidden
assets" within a few months, Gilani today said everyone had
the right to say anything in rallies or processions.

"Look, it is very easy to criticise the government.
Everyone has the right to do it. We have already declared all
of our assets publicly. And if someone wants to topple the
government, they can make whatever efforts they want in this
regard," he said.

Gilani also said the PPP`s decision to split its chapter
in Punjab province into two parts was aimed at creating a new
wing for southern Punjab to deal with party affairs in an
effective and efficient manner.

"It will help the PPP government to mobilise the people at
the grassroots level and this decision is not linked to a move
by the people of southern Punjab to form a separate province,"
Gilani explained.

The people wanted a new province comprising the southern
parts of Punjab and the PPP-led government was in favour of
such a move, he said.

PTI