Want to resolve all issues with India: Pakistan
Posted on: 08:13 PM IST Jan 24, 2013
Islamabad: Notwithstanding lukewarm response from India following heightened tensions, Pakistan on Thursday said it wants to resolve all issues with India, including those along the Line of Control, through talks as dialogue is the best way to address such matters. Islamabad wants to sort out all issues with New Delhi, particularly ceasefire violations along the LoC, Foreign Office spokesman Moazzam Khan told a weekly news briefing.
The remarks comes in the backdrop of two Indo-Pak high-level engagements been put off this month following heightened tensions due to the killing of Indian soldiers at the LoC. There are concerns on both sides but the best way is to resolve issues through dialogue, Khan said in response to a question about tensions on the LoC. "There is an established mechanism and Pakistan has been urging India to resolve the issue through that mechanism," Khan said.
He reiterated that Pakistan desires to resolve all issues with India through talks and in a constructive manner as dialogue is the best way to address such matters. Tensions between India and Pakistan increased following a string of clashes between troops along the 742-km LoC earlier this month.
Two India soldiers were killed in the worst violations of the ceasefire that was put in place in late 2003. The scheduled January-end Indo-Pak Secretary-level meeting on waters had been cancelled over what officials in New Delhi said was "scheduling issues".
Earlier, Pakistan Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim called off a scheduled visit to India to attend a business meet later this month in Agra. India has not been so eager for talks with India for the time being because New Delhi feels that atmospherics have to improve. Both External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Defence Minister AK Antony have said that talks with Pakistan should not be rushed into.
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