Pak looking forward for resumption of dialogue with India



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 avoided.

"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 said.

"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 said.

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.

Bureau Report