Pakistan-India border situation fragile: Gilani

January 9th, 2009 - 6:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Islamabad, Jan 9 (IANS) Terming the situation on the Pakistan-India border as “fragile” in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani Friday said this country wants to resolve all issues through dialogue and does not want any escalation in tension.Talking to the media after addressing a seminar here, the prime minister said the situation on the “eastern border has once again turned fragile”.

He said that Pakistan had showed unwavering commitment to peace with India and “we want to cooperate with them on the issue of (countering) terrorism”.

Urging the global community to play its role to defuse the tension between Pakistan and India, Gilani said that Pakistan did not want any escalation and was ready to hold a dialogue with India.

He regretted that India had rejected the proposal to form a joint commission to probe the Mumbai attacks, adding: “We are sincere in resolving the (Mumbai attacks) issue.”

The prime minister also termed the suspension of the Pakistan-India composite dialogue as “unfortunate”.

Talking about the threat of war, the prime minister said: “Pakistan has adopted a multi-dimensional strategy in the war against terror.”

Pakistan was playing a key role in the war against terror and any attacks on Pakistani soil would affect those operations, Gilani maintained.

Replying to a question on his reported differences with President Asif Ali Zardari, Gilani termed these are “baseless”, adding that both offices were working according to the constitution.

“There is no rift between us,” Gilani said.

About the termination of his National Security Advisor Mahmood Durrani, the prime minister said Zardari had sacked him on his advice.

Gilani sacked Durrani Wednesday after he confirmed in an interview with an Indian TV channel that the lone survivor of the Mumbai attacks Ajmal Amir Kasab was a Pakistani.

“You all know why he has been sacked,” the prime minister said when asked about the “official” reason for his sacking.

Replying to question, the prime minister said India has provided a 52-page dossier that was handed over to spy agency Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), which had given its feedback.

“The investigations are still under way and we’ll provide details as we get them from the investigating agencies,” the prime minister said when asked if he would like to share more information on the Mumbai attacks.

Replying to a question on bilateral issues with India, Gilani said: “The Kashmir issue should be resolved according to desire of the Kashmiris.”

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