India to continue peace process with Pakistan

New Delhi, Oct 9: India will continue to engage with whoever is in power in Pakistan to carry forward the peace process but it will be easier to deal with a democratic government, official sources...

New Delhi, Oct 9: India will continue to engage with whoever is in power in Pakistan to carry forward the peace process but it will be easier to deal with a democratic government, official sources said Tuesday.
 The sources, while replying to a question on how would India deal with a "civilian Musharraf,'' said "we are trying to deal with every process in Pakistan. We will deal with whoever is in power. We can't choose their leader.''
 It would be easier to deal with democracies, the sources added.
 Describing the dialogue process as the "biggest achievement'' of both countries, the sources said there were several elements in Pakistan polity and the Army was crucial. 
 Meanwhile, UNI report from Islamabad said that Pakistan has been in touch with India over its plans to open Siachen Glacier for tourist activities, making it clear to New Delhi that such activities should not take place on a "disputed land''.
 "Islamabad has been in touch with New Delhi on the issue since it lodged a formal protest in September,'' official sources told UNI.
 They added that the issue would be vigorously raised during the next round of talks between Pakistani and Indian officials on Siachen Issue.
 "We had made it clear to India that the issue is under discussion within the framework of the composite dialogue and its final status was yet to be agreed upon by the two sides,'' the sources added.
 Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam told a press briefing Monday that Pakistan had given India workable proposals to solve the Siachen issue and that the proposals were even practical today. "We agreed to solve it in 1989 but India went back,'' she claimed.

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