Terrorists will benefit from Pakistan-India impasse: Gilani

June 5th, 2009 - 5:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Yousuf Raza Gilani Islamabad/New Delhi, June 5 (IANS) For the second time in a week, Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has urged the resumption of the sub-continental peace process and the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, saying Friday that only the terrorists would gain from the impasse between Islamabad and New Delhi.
“We hope that the Indian leadership would realize, sooner than later, that the breakdown of peace process works only to the advantage of terrorists,” APP news agency quoted Gilani as saying at the National Defence University in Islamabad.

Terming as “unfortunate” India’s decision to freeze the composite dialogue process in the wake of the 26/11 Mumbai attack that New Delhi has blamed on elements operating from Pakistan, the prime minister said: “We on our part remain committed to have friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations with India”.

He said resumption of negotiations for the peaceful resolution of all outstanding issues, including the core issue of Kashmir, was the only way forward for establishing lasting peace in South Asia.

Gilani had spoken in similar vein Tuesday.

He regretted that bilateral ties with India had always been characterised by suspicion and mistrust - and at the heart of this mistrust lay the Kashmir issue.

“We have made sincere efforts to put the relations back on track by persisting with composite dialogue and have made noteworthy progress towards confidence building, bilateral trade and people-to-people contacts,” Gilani maintained.

India has repeatedly said that the dialogue process can resume only after Pakistan shows tangible results in bringing to book the perpetrators of the Nov 26-29, 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that claimed the lives of over 170 people, including 26 foreigners.

Indian External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna reiterated this Friday.

“Not unless they (Pakistan) take concrete measures to prevent terrorist attacks emanating from the soil of Pakistan aimed against India (can talks resume),” he told reporters in New Delhi.

Indian President Pratibha Patil, while addressing the joint session of parliament in New Delhi Thursday, said the reshaping of relations with Pakistan would depend on its “sincerity” in preventing terrorist groups from launching attacks against India.

“My government will seek to reshape our relationship with Pakistan depending on the sincerity of Pakistan to confront groups who launch terrorist attacks against India from its territory,” Patil said.

Subcontinental tensions were further exacerbated Tuesday with the Lahore High Court citing lack of evidence to release from house arrest Hafiz Saeed, the founder of terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) who India says is the mastermind of the Mumbai attacks.

According to the Indian external affairs minister, this pointed to Pakistan’s lack of sincerity in prosecuting those responsible for the Mumbai carnage.

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