Gilani echoes Rao, wants Indo-Pak talks to go on

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New Delhi, Jul 17: Assuring that India was not the only party seeking the continuation of Indo-Pak dialogue, Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday, Jul 17 endorsed the continuation of the talks and peace process between the neighbouring countries.

Gilani has revealed that he received a call from his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh, and that they wish to discuss all the issues of mutual interest.

This comes a day after Pak Foreign Minister made undiplomatic remarks against New Delhi following the marathon three-day talks with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna.

He accused India of having a "selective appraoch" and said that SM Krishna was unprepared and that he was constantly taking orders from New Delhi through phone.

Complaining on India's mandate, Qureshi had said, "If we focus more only on those issues which India gives importance to and ignore those considered important by Pakistan, then I don't think the talks can move forward."

However, India's response to this was very diplomatic. While the external affairs minister refused to the debate over what Qureshi said, Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao stressed that the talks have not "collapsed" and that dialogue "must go on".

Now, Gilani's statement comes as a glimpse of hope to those devastated by the developments of Friday, Jul 16.

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