Pak keen to seek progress on Siachen, Sir Creek
REZAUL H LASKAR/PTI
Islamabad, Aug 9: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today said she has conveyed to India that her country is keen to seek progress on the Siachen and Sir Creek issues, which are "doable".
Khar made the remarks while briefing the National Assembly or lower house of Parliament on her talks with her Indian counterpart S M Krishna in New Delhi last month.
She said she had conveyed Pakistan's position on the Siachen and Sir Creek issues during the parleys.
Pakistan's intention is to make the dialogue process with India "uninterrupted and uninterruptible", Khar said.
"We want to create a conducive environment in which the two countries could talk about core issues and move towards their resolution," she said.
India and Pakistan had held a "frank, constructive, cordial and meaningful" dialogue and agreed to carry forward the process to peacefully resolve all outstanding issues, she said.
Khar said she had delivered Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani's letter inviting his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh to visit Pakistan and this had been "accepted".
Singh had conveyed that he is committed to heralding a "new spring" in relations between the two countries, she said.
Singh also conveyed that India wants friendly relations with Pakistan and resolution of all outstanding issues, she added.
Pakistan is seeking good relations with all its neighbours, especially those with which it has traditionally had difficult ties, Khar said.
Pakistan wants to build trust with countries like India and Afghanistan and begin a new era of cooperation, Khar said.
Though considerable progress was made towards resolving the Sir Creek boundary issue over the past decade, it suffered a setback earlier this year when Pakistan reverted to its traditional position of resolving the problem according to the Bombay Government Resolution of 1914.
The two sides have failed to make progress in resolving the military standoff on Siachen as Pakistan is unwilling to accept India's call to demarcate the actual troop positions of both sides on the glacier.
During her speech in Parliament, Khar said Prime Minister Gilani took Pakistan's entire political leadership into confidence before the Foreign Minister-level talks with India.
This had sent a strong message that Pakistan is serious about engaging with India, she said.
Khar said she also met Kashmiri separatist leaders, including Syed Ali Shah Gilani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, during her stay in New Delhi and assured them that Pakistan remained committed to its political and legal position on Jammu and Kashmir.
She said she had reiterated Pakistan's continued support to the objective of associating the "true" representatives of the Kashmiri people with the dialogue with India on the Kashmir issue.
India was informed that Pakistan is committed to a just and peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the "aspirations" of the Kashmiris, she said.
Pakistan also conveyed its desire for a meaningful and result-oriented engagement on the Kashmir issue, she said.
Serious consideration should be given to associating the Hurriyat Conference with the Pakistan-India dialogue on Kashmir, Khar said.
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