Pakistan,India can resolve disputes through dialogue: Kh. Asif

Islamabad: Defence Minister Khawaja Asif has said that Pakistan and India can resolve their disputes through dialogue and should adopt the path of negotiations.

He was taking to newsmen after addressing a function at Institute of Strategic Studies in Islamabad on Tuesday.

He said Pakistan desires peace with India but its desire should not be taken as its weakness.

Khawaja Asif said soon after taken over the Government, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif expressed his desire for peace with India.

However, he regretted that for the last few months, this desire has been misconceived by the other side.

He said the process of unprovoked firing by Indian forces is not good for peace.

Answering a question, the Minister said contacts and trade between SAARC (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) countries should be increased for rapid development and prosperity of member countries.

To a question, the Defence Minister said military operation against terrorists is being carried out without any discrimination.

He said our armed forces are giving innumerous sacrifices in the fight against terrorism.

The Minister said peace and stability in Afghanistan is imperative for peace in the region.

He said no country should interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan for peace in that country. He said Pakistan will not interfere in the internal affairs of Afghanistan.

Earlier, addressing a function at the Institute, the Minister said China is extending cooperation to help improve economy of Pakistan.

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