Pakistan ready to consider constructive proposal for Kashmir sol

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Islamabad, Nov 13 (UNI) Pakistan today said it was ready to consider any constructive proposal for addressing the Jammu and Kashmir issue ''whether bilaterally or through a multilateral organisation or third party.'' ''The sooner this issue is resolved, the better it would be for the region,'' Foreign Ministry spokesman Mohammad Sadiq told a press briefing here.

Pakistan and India launched their slow-moving peace process in January 2004 to resolve all their oustanding problems, including the Jammu and Kashmir issue, which has been at the heart of tensions between them since achieving independence from the British rule in 1947.

The two South Asian neighbours have so far held four rounds of their composite dialogue amid claims of a little progress on Kashmir by Pakistan. The fifth round launched in July is currently underway.

Mr Sadiq said the meeting on terrorism and drug trafficking would be held in Islamabad on November 25 followed by another meeting between senior officials of the two countries in New Delhi on the Sir Creek issue.

''Pakistan looks forward to continued constructive engagement with India to address all outstanding issues and achieve mutually beneficial relationship,'' he added.


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