Pakistan for avoiding missile tests in region

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Islamabad, Mar 5 (UNI) Pakistan today said introduction of new weapon systems should be avoided in the region for the sake of poverty alleviation.

''India had informed Pakistan before the launch of sea-based surface to surface missile but we believe that introduction of new weapon systems should be avoided in the region,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a press briefing in Islamabad.

He added regional countries must focus on improving social indicators and alleviate poverty.

To a question about progress towards resolution of the Kashmir issue, Mr Sadiq said there was a need to make serious efforts to resolve the core issue of Kashmir and all Pakistani political parties too share this view.

He added there is an opportunity and it must be seized to reach a just settlement of the dispute which is acceptable to Pakistan, India and Kashmiris.

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