Will cooperate on terror: Bashir
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Attari/New Delhi, July 25: Striking a positive note ahead of the Indo-Pak talks, Pakistan Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir Monday said Islamabad would extend all required cooperation to India on the terror issue and share related information.
Crossing over the Attari-Wagah border, Bashir, who will meet Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao tomorrow in Delhi, said the effort on both the sides was to deepen understanding.
“It is good to be here back in Delhi for me personally and for my team. We are here a day ahead to prepare for the foreign ministers meeting. The Foreign Secretary of India was in Islamabad and we have covered some ground. We hope to give the preparations a final touch (at our) meeting tomorrow,” Bashir said on arrival at the Delhi airport from Amritsar.
“We had good engagement process for the last five six months and we hope that this will be productive and lead to a good meeting of the two foreign ministers,” he said.
Bashir referred to the meeting of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Premier Yousuf Raza Gilani at Thimphu and Mohali where they decided to take forward the dialogue process.
“Yes, Thimphu and Mohali spirit will certainly help. I think there is no trust deficit so far as the leadership level is concerned. What we call the trust deficit has to be more clearly understood. I think, basically, the effort is to actually build greater understanding.
Instead of saying trust deficit, I would say deepening of understanding,” he said.
Bashir said Pakistan was committed to implement its anti-terrorism polices with utmost sincerity.
Asked about the recent serial blasts in Mumbai, he said Pakistan desired to find out the real accused and their faces should be unmasked.
Pakistan, he said, would extend all cooperation to India in its fight against terror.
On the agenda for the talks, Bashir said Kashmir would figure in the deliberations.
Insisting that Kashmir was the core issue for Pakistan, Bashir said it would be conveyed to New Delhi that Islamabad had no role in the violence in Jammu and Kashmir.
34-year-old Khar, Pakistan’s youngest and first women Foreign Minister would arrive here tomorrow for the ministerial parleys.
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