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Pakistan to solve all problems with India through dialogue: Gilani

September 16, 2008 17:42 IST

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Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [Images] has underlined his country's desire to solve all outstanding problems with India through talks, saying Islamabad [Images] has shown its readiness to engage constructively in the ongoing composite dialogue.

Gilani told Ezzat Kamel Mufti, the visiting special representative of Organistion of Islamic Conference secretary general on Kashmir that Pakistan hopes to solve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue, including the "core issue of Jammu & Kashmir".

The prime minister told Ambassador Mufti, who is on a two-day visit to the country, that Islamabad has shown its readiness to engage constructively in the ongoing discussions under the 'Composite Dialogue' to help find solution that is acceptable to India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.

"Pakistan maintains that the people of Kashmir should be associated with the dialogue process between India and Pakistan," Gilani was quoted as saying in a statement from the prime minister office in Islamabad on Monday.

Stressing Pakistan's commitment to "political, moral and diplomatic support to the people of Kashmir," Gilani accused the Indian security forces of "heavy handedness", which "has created a difficult situation for the Kashmiri people."

The OIC envoy also met Foreign Minister Makhdom Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Monday. Ambassador Mufti, while stressing OIC's support to the "just cause of the Kashmiri people", appreciated the 'Confidence Building Measures' between the two countries and underlined the importance of the peace process between the two neigbours.

The two leaders exchanged views on recent developments on the Kashmir issue, the statement said.

The 'OIC Kashmir Contact Group' holds its regular meetings at every OIC Summit ICFM and on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly every year.




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