Pak seeking US help for bilateral talks with India sans preconditions: Qureshi

June 3rd, 2009 - 5:16 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, Jun.3 (ANI): Pakistan has said that it is ready to resume bilateral talks with India, but only if New Delhi puts down the preconditions attached to it, and has approached the United States and other countries towards this purpose.

In an interview with the The Nation, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Islamabad is ready for resumption of the composite dialogues with New Delhi to address the common threat of extremism and to find out the solutions of some long pending issues between the two countries such as the Kashmir issue.

“We wish to seek resumption of composite dialogue with India sans any preconditions in order to address the common problem of terrorism and other bilateral issues including Kashmir”, Qureshi said.

He blamed India for shying away from Pakistan over the core Kashmir issue.

“Keeping in view the indigenous movement, we need to address this issue from a humanitarian perspective,” Qureshi said adding, “This could be possible only when the Kashmir issue is taken seriously.”

Recently, the Pakistan Foreign Office (FO) had expressed hope that the new Indian Government would resume the peace process to resolve long pending issues between both the neighboring countries.

The FO spokesperson, Basit Ali, had said: “Preconditions for talks are mostly untenable and Pakistan can also do the same, but as a responsible country we do believe to solve problems only through dialogue and cooperative engagement.” (ANI)

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