India may resume Composite Dialogue with Pak

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New Delhi, Feb 20: India today welcomed the elections in Pakistan yesterday and reiterated the readiness to resume the Composite Dialogue Process as soon as a duly constituted government was in place in Islamabad.

It also hoped that it would be able to resolve outstanding issues and build a mutually-beneficial relationship with Pakistan in an atmosphere free from terrorism and violence. Describing the elections as its ''internal affair'', External Affairs Ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna said India wished to see Pakistan develop and prosper within a stable democratic order.

''The recent elections in Pakistan are Pakistan's internal affair,'' the spokesman said in response to a question.

However, he said the Government of India welcomed the fact that the people of Pakistan had been able to express themselves clearly and in a democratic manner on their own future.

''As ever, the Government of India stands ready to resume the composite dialogue process as soon as a duly constituted government is in place in Pakistan. It remains our hope that we will be able to resolve outstanding issues and build a mutually beneficial relationship with Pakistan in an atmosphere free of violence and terrorism,'' the spokesman added.


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