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Updated: June 21, 2011 08:33 IST

War not the solution to India-Pak problems: Gilani

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Pakistan wants good relations with all its neighbours and all outstanding issues can be resolved through talks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said ahead of the India-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks. File photo
AP Pakistan wants good relations with all its neighbours and all outstanding issues can be resolved through talks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani has said ahead of the India-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks. File photo

Ahead of India-Pak Foreign Secretary-level talks, Pakistan has said that it wants to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including Kashmir, through dialogue as war is not the solution to any problem.

“We do not want to resolve any problems through war. The solution of all problems is dialogue and we believe in dialogue,” Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said on Sunday while addressing a public meeting at Shakargarh in Punjab province.

“I’ve met Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh several times and I told him we should sit at the table and discuss all problems and core issues, including Kashmir. I convinced him to resume the dialogue (with Pakistan),” he said.

Pakistan wants good relations with all its neighbours and all outstanding issues can be resolved through talks, Mr. Gilani said.

“Pakistan wants a permanent and lasting solution to the Kashmir issue through dialogue and negotiations,” he said.

Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao will visit Islamabad from June 23 to hold talks with her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir.

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