India-Pak Dialogue Should Resume Soon: Qureshi

25 May 2009
The Hindu


New Delhi: India with a new government headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should resume the peace proces with Pakistan, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has said. 'Cordial and better relations' between Pakistan and India would be not only beneficial for the region but also for the people of both countries, Qureshi said during a meeting with Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal here on Monday. It was the first meeting of any Pakistani official with Indian high commissioner after elections in India, the news site Onlinenews.com.pk reported. The current India-Pakistan relations following the 26-11 Mumbai terror attacks, investigation into the attacks, formation of new government in New Delhi and other matters of mutual interest were discussed during the meeting that lasted for more than an hour, sources close to the meeting said. Mr. Qureshi, according to the sources, also advocated for resuming the confidence building measures between the two neighbours, saying that can remove 'sense of deprivation among the citizens of both countries'. He said Pakistan intended to resolve all outstanding issue with India through 'dialogue for sustainable and lasting peace in the region'. The Kashmir issue should also be resolved in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmir people, the foreign minister said and pledged that Islambad was committed to bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai attack to justice at all cost.