Pak Hopes For Resumption Of Peace Process With India Soon

21 May 2009
The Hindu

Islamabad: Pakistan on Thursday said it hoped the new Indian government would resume the stalled bilateral peace process 'sooner rather than later' even as it appealed to the world community to play a role in strengthening 'strategic stability' in South Asia. 'We hope the new government in India will return to dialogue sooner rather than later,' Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told a weekly news briefing. Mr. Basit, who was responding to a question on Pakistan's expectations from the new Indian government with regard to the stalled composite dialogue process, said Islamabad wanted an 'irreversible and result-oriented dialogue' as this was necessary for lasting peace in the region. At the same time, he said the international community 'must play its role in augmenting strategic stability in the region and refrain from discriminatory policies which undermine strategic stability in South Asia and aggravate imbalances'. He added: 'The way forward lies in conflict resolution and a peace process. We need to resolve the long-standing Jammu and Kashmir dispute. It is also important that our two countries adhere to the provisions of the Indus Waters Treaty of 1960.'