May 2005 News

All Indo-Pak Issues To Be Resolved: PM

29 May 2005
The Times of India

Shimla: Observing that Indo-Pak relations were improving, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday said India would make 'full and sincere' efforts to resolve all bilateral problems through talks. Addressing a press conference here wrapping up his two-day visit to Himachal Pradesh, he also did not rule out the possibility of increasing the frequency of Srinagar-Muzzafrabad bus service. About Siachen, the Prime Minister, without being specific about withdrawal of the army, said Defence Secretaries of the two countries have held talks in Islamabad on the issue. Defence Secretary Ajai Vikram Singh, who had held talks with his Pakistani counterpart Lt Gen (Retd) Tariq Wasim Ghazi on Friday on Siachen, will possibly return today 'and then I will find out from him how the talks went off', the Prime Minister said. In reply to a question, he said relations between India and Pakistan 'are improving and our full and sincere endeavour will be to resolve all problems through talks.' Acknowledging that there were some hurdles sometimes, Singh, however, said 'we trying that the understanding and confidence building measures become stronger and people-to-people contact increase.' Asked about the possibility of increasing the frequency of Srinagar-Muzaffarabad bus service, Singh said 'nothing can be ruled out.'


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