Deactivate troops for 'peace talks': Pak to India

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Islamabad, Dec 30: Pakistan on Tuesday, Dec 30 said that it is ready for peace talks if Indian showed some positive signs such as deactivating its forward air bases and relocating ground troops to peace time positions.

"If the forward airbases activated by India are deactivated, it will be a very positive signal," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said to PTV.

He further said relocating the troops will provide some room for peace talks.

"This will be a positive signal and regional tensions will reduce," he said, adding a "good atmosphere will be created to take things forward."

Qureshi said there had been certain developments in the past 48 hours that "Pakistan thinks augur well for the situation".

"One of these developments was External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's comment that India had not given Pakistan any ultimatum with regard to the Mumbai terror attacks," he said.

"Neighbours can't solve problems through ultimatums. Problems can be solved only through dialogue in a peaceful atmosphere," Qureshi said.

"Another positive development was the direct contact over the weekend between the Directors General of Military Operations of the two countries as this will also help reduce tensions," he said.

OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)

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