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President Musharraf for sustained Indo-Pakistan peace process

Written by: Staff
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Islamabad, Apr 5 (UNI) Pakistan President General Pervez Musharraf today reiterated his country's commitment to the peace process with India and said Islamabad would continue efforts for resolution of all issues, including Jammu and Kashmir issue.

His remarks were made in a meeting with called US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Richard Boucher, who on him at the Army House in Rawalpindi.

Gen Musharraf underlined the importance of moving towards conflict resolution in South Asia and lauded US President George W Bush's expression of support for a Kashmir solution acceptable to all sides.

An official statement issued after the meeting quoted the Pakistan President as underlining the importance of consolidating and expanding bilateral co-operation in diverse areas within the frame-work of the Pakistan-US Joint Statement on Strategic Partnership issues during the visit of President Bush to Pakistan last month.

Mr Boucher stated that the US was committed to seeking a broader and lasting strategic relationship with Pakistan. He said that the US would enhance its support to Pakistan's socio-economic development.

General Musharraf pointed to the resolve of his government to maintain high economic growth rate. In this context, he said that Pakistan's expanding energy requirements would be met through a variety of sources including nuclear power generation.

He noted Pakistan's vital stake in the peace, stability and the reconstruction process in Afghanistan and stressed that Islamabad was making all possible efforts to promote security along the Afghan border.

He stressed that securing this border was a joint responsibility.

Pakistan would continue to work with its international partners in this regard, he added.

Mr Boucher heads the newly expanded Bureau of South and Central Asian Affaris at the Department of State. He is visiting the region for the first time in this new capacity.

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