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Pak PM for resolution of all issues with India

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Islamabad, Mar 13 (UNI) Pakistan Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz today said the ongoing peace process between India and Pakistan could result in resolution of all outstanding issues between the two countries and change the destiny of South Asia.

Talking to Foreign Secretary Shiv Shankar Menon, who called on him here on the margins of the Foreign Secretary level talks between the two countries, he said Pakistan was a peaceful country and was keen to settle all disputes with India, including the Kashmir issue in keeping with the aspirations of Kashmiri people.

He said Pakistan was firmly committed to the process of composite dialogue which needed to be made more meaningful and result-oriented, according to a press release.

''Pakistan will also continue to pursue confidence building measures as they have been instrumental in improving both the ambience and relationship between the two countries,'' he pointed out.

Mr Aziz said improvement in relations between the two countries required both sides to demonstrate courage and vision to find an early and sustainable solution to bilateral issues.

He said peace and good neighbourly relations in South Asia would enable all countries in the region to focus their energies on socio-economic development by leveraging the vast untapped vistas of cooperation.

The Prime Minister said he was looking forward to his visit to India next month as Pakistan was committed to the objectives of the SAARC and considered it as an important forum to promote understanding and advance cooperation in the region.

About the blast on Samjhauta Express in India, Mr Aziz said the government and the people of Pakistan expected the Indian government to inform Pakistan about the findings of its investigation.

''Pakistan also expects the Indian government to take all necessary steps to ensure safety of this train in India to prevent the recurrence of such tragic incident,'' he added.

He said relevant authorities in Pakistan too had been instructed to take all precautions for the security of Indian trains and buses plying in Pakistan.

The Indian Foreign Secretary informed the Prime Minister that his talks with Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan have been useful and were moving in the right direction.

He said he shared Pakistan's desire to make SAARC more efficient in order to fully utilise the economic potential of the region.

Mr Menon said that Indian Prime Minister was also looking forward to welcoming Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz in New Delhi.

He assured that India will share with Pakistan the results of its inquiry into the train accident.

The meeting was also attended by Mr Riaz Mohammad Khan, Mr Shahid Malik, Pakistan's High Commissioner to India. The Indian Foreign Secretary was accompanied by the Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad.

UNI

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