Dialogue only way for Pak, India to move forward: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Wednesday said that the only way for Pakistan and India to move forward is through dialogue and underlined that major international players have a responsibility towards ensuring strategic stability in the South Asian region.

Addressing a National Conference on Strategic Stability in South Asia here, he said that recent events were a “reminder of the heavy responsibility” that both Pakistan and India have to bear in working towards addressing the “underlying challenges” to strategic stability in the region.

He said the two countries “need to commit to a peaceful environment that is conducive to the socio-economic development and welfare of the people.”

Qureshi said the South Asian security environment is in a “state of flux” and Pakistan expects the outside players to be mindful of their responsibility in terms of arms supplies to the region.

He hoped the key players would recognise the need for objective and even handed approach which is not tainted by considerations of geo political dominance and defining new regional security paradigms.

The foreign minister called on outside parties to be “mindful” of their responsibility in terms of arms supplies to the region in pursuit of their geo-political strategies.