Quetta, Jun 11: Yousuf Raza Gilani, prime minister of Pakistan said that India and Pakistan cannot afford to be engaged in military combat.
Gilani said both India and Pakistan were facing a common threat so, it was important for the leadership of the two countries to resume talks to settle pending issues for establishing peace in the region.
"India and Pakistan were facing common problems and it was in the interest of the whole region that both countries having nuclear powers start negotiation to settle the disputes and resume the dialogue which was stopped after Mumbai attack," The Nation quoted Gilani, as saying.
"Pakistan will offer the Indian leadership an olive branch to resume composite dialogue," Gilani added. Commenting on the Swat military offensive, Gilani said Pakistan was fighting a war against terrorism for its own survival.
He said the government had no option but to resort to military action, as the Taliban was trying to establish a parallel government in the region.