Kashmir an outstanding issue with India: Pak Foreign Minister

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New Delhi, Nov 28 (UNI) Pakistan today said Kashmir was an outstanding issue in its relation with India and a solution to it should be found through peaceful means.

''There is a large element in your part of Kashmir which has a point of view that has to be considered in any settlement of the dispute,'' Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmud Qureshi said at a meet the press programme at the India Women Press corp organised here.

He said a composite dialogue between the two countries was going on and Pakistan was for a negotiated solution to the issue. The process was time consuming, but he believed that was the only way to settle the issue.

The Pakistani Foreign Minister sought to stress that the views of the Kashmiri people have to be accommodated in any settelment of the problem.

He said India and Pakistan could no more afford enmity and developments in one country were bound to affect the other.

''I now want to turn the tide from confrontation to cooperation... we have spent six decades in pointing fingers at each other and acrimony,'' he said, underlining that there was now a political consensus in his country for a peaceful coexistence with India.

Though there were some extremme elements in Pakistan, but the people of his country have rejected these elements and elected progressive and democratice forces to lead them, he said.

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