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Pakistan seeks 'to open new chapter' in ties with India through 'uninterrupted' dialogue: Khar

Islamabad, Wed, 10 Aug 2011 ANI

Islamabad, August 10(ANI): Pakistan seeks to open a "new chapter" in its ties with India through "uninterrupted and uninterruptible" bilateral dialogue process, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has told the National Assembly.


Briefing the National Assembly on the Indo-Pak Foreign Ministers' talks held in New Delhi last month, she said that the two sides had agreed to carry forward the dialogue in order to resolve all outstanding issues between them.


"It is our desire to sustain and deepen the engagement process with India," the Dawn quoted Khar, as saying.


"We look forward to carrying forward the dialogue process with a view to opening a new chapter in our relations," she added.


Khar listed four objectives of resuming the dialogue with India and her India visit- ensuring "uninterrupted and uninterruptible dialogue", ensuring "a conducive environment" by looking at the relationship between the two countries in a friendly rather than a hostile perspective, finding solutions to "all issues", and, in this context, remaining "engaged with India.


"We have positively assessed the outcome of the ministerial level meeting with India as both sides have expressed their satisfaction on the resumption of the dialogue process and have also reaffirmed their commitment to deepen bilateral engagement by building trust and avoiding rhetoric," Khar said.


"Both sides have underlined the importance of a purposeful and sustained dialogue process to resolve all outstanding issues. This is without prejudice to our established and well-known position on all the issues including Jammu and Kashmir," she added.


The eight points that the two sides have agreed to take up are counter-terrorism, economic and commercial cooperation, the construction of Wullar barrage (Tulbul project) that Pakistan thinks will affect the flow of Jhelum river from Kashmir, the Siachen glacier, the dispute over maritime boundary at Sir Creek, peace and security- including confidence-building measures, the dispute over the Jammu and Kashmir state and promotion of friendly exchanges. (ANI)


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