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Pakistan want to resolve all issues with India: Sartaj Aziz

02 December, 2014

ISLAMABAD – Adviser on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Tuesday said that Pakistan wanted to resolve all issues with India, including the core issue of Indian-held Jammu Kashmir, through dialogue.

Talking to journalists here, he said after the hand-shake, between Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the conclusion of 18th SAARC summit in Kathmandu, no immediate break-through was possible. “India canceled the scheduled meeting between the two foreign secretaries, therefore it is obligatory that India should resume the dialogue process,” he said.

However, he said that Pakistan was always ready to resume the dialogue process with India to resolve all outstanding issues including Jammu Kashmir and never wanted to escalate the tension in the region. “Pakistan wants peaceful relations with India based on the principles of equality, dignity and self-respect,” he added.

Sartaj said that the Kashmiris were peacefully struggling for their rights and goals but India wanted to divert international community's attention by associating their struggle to terrorism. He said that Pakistan would continue its efforts to find a peaceful solution to the Kashmir issues in accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions based on the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

He said that India has to resolve the Kashmir issue politically instead of using the force against the peaceful struggle of Kashmiris. To a question about the present political situation and economic condition of Pakistan, he said that the protests, sit-ins and deteriorated law and order situation has disturbed the foreign investment but hoped that the situation would be improved within next few weeks.

He expressed the hope that with the completion of the military operation against the militants, the law and order situation would be improved and the investment, especially the foreign investment, will be improved. He said the government had initiated a number of steps to improve the economic conditions of Pakistan.

Sartaj said that provision of social safety network through ensuring food to the deserving people was must to ensure progress and prosperity in Pakistan. He said that Baitul Mall and Benazir Income Support Programme were very effective to ensure basic needs of life to the people especially living below poverty level.

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