India, Pak engaged in ''substantive dialogue process'': Khar

Hina Rabbani Khar
United Nations, Sep 28: India and Pakistan are engaged in a "substantive dialogue process" that Islamabad hopes will be "uninterrupted and uninterruptable" as it looks forward to resolve all outstanding issues like the Kashmir dispute, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said.

"I am happy to note that both Pakistan and India are now engaged in a substantive dialogue process. A dialogue process that we in Pakistan hope will be uninterrupted and uninterruptable," Khar said in her address on behalf of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani at the UN General Assembly session here.

"We look forward to resolving all outstanding issues, including the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, which is among the oldest on the agenda of the United Nations and the subject of several Security Council resolutions," she said.

Pakistan intends to make the engagement with India "fruitful and premise it on the promise of a mutually rewarding enterprise that would enable us to optimally avail the complementarities that exist", she said.

However, she made it clear that Pakistan wants the Kashmir issue resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

"A peaceful resolution that accords fully with the aspirations of the Kashmiris is a sine qua non for durable stability, as is the need for safeguarding of their fundamental human rights," she said.

"The reality of a nuclearised South Asia, imposes on both Pakistan and India, the onerous responsibility to work together for creating mutual confidence, avoiding an arms race, and enhancing strategic stability. We look forward to moving in this direction in the dialogue process," she said.


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