Zardari urges India to resume ‘unconditional’ talks

June 9th, 2009 - 12:53 pm ICT by ANI  

Islamabad, June 9 (ANI): Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has urged India to resume bilateral peace talks ‘unconditionally’ so that common problems afflicting both countries can be addressed effectively.

Zardari told the Executive Director of the Kashmir Centre in Washington, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, that Pakistan wanted Kashmir issue resolve peacefully.

“The ‘merchants of war’ promoted violence for settling political disputes, but this had to be resisted through recourse to peaceful indigenous political movements.Pakistan wants an honourable, equitable and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir,” The Dawn quoted Zardari, as saying.

“No resolution will be equitable or honourable which is not in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” he added.

Zardari stressed on the need for opening trade across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir by Pakistan.

He said such a step would bring Kashmiri people closer and pave way for a peaceful political resolution to the long pending dispute.

Zardari said the international community, especially the United States and Britain, must also extend their help to both neighboring countries to resolve the Kashmir issue. (ANI)

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