Pak terms ‘cricket diplomacy’ meeting with India as win-win situation for both nations

April 1st, 2011 - 12:07 pm ICT by ANI  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad, April 1(ANI): Pakistan has described Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani’s meeting with his Indian counterpart Dr Manmohan Singh during his ‘cricket diplomacy’ visit to Mohali on March 30 as a win-win situation for both nations in their renewed engagement process.

“Islamabad looks forward to a meaningful progress in the ongoing dialogue,” The Nation quoted Foreign Office Spokesperson Tehmina Janjua, as saying during her weekly press briefing.

She said that Pakistan did not underestimate the difficulties, but it had faith and confidence for a bright future for the people of the region.

“Pakistan is committed to a constructive, sustained and result-oriented process of engagement with India. The dialogue is the only way forward to move towards the goal of establishing good neighbourly and cooperative relations,” she said.

“Pakistan wants to move towards a comprehensive and broad-ranging engagement with India on the basis of equality, mutual trust, mutual interest and mutual respect,” she added.

Janjua said that Pakistan was looking forward to a series of meetings with India that were envisaged till July. These will culminate in the meetings of the foreign secretaries and the foreign ministers of the two countries in New Delhi to take stock of the progress achieved, she added.

The spokesperson pointed out that there were long-standing issues- including the issue of Jammu and Kashmir- that needed to be addressed earnestly, with a view to finding a solution in line with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.

Replying to a question, Janjua said that the full spectrum Indo-Pak dialogue would consist of all the eight segments forming the composite dialogue process.

The foreign secretaries of the two countries would discuss peace and security, Jammu and Kashmir, cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts during the talks, she added. (ANI)

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