Pakistan urges India to resume composite dialogue

Islamabad: Pakistan has urged India to resume the composite dialogue for resolution of all outstanding issues including the lingering Kashmir dispute.

Briefing media persons here Thursday‚ Foreign Office Spokesperson Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry said Pakistan wants resolution of Kashmir dispute through dialogue. He‚ however‚ said Pakistan believes that third-party mediation can also be productive in this regard.

He said Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz will visit India on the tenth of next month to attend Asia-Europe summit in New Delhi.

Aizaz Chaudhry said Pakistan is focusing on establishing ceasefire on Line of Control and in this regard‚ certain steps have been taken including communication between the two DGMOs through hotline and sectoral flag march.

He said Pakistan is committed in implementing decisions of both Prime Ministers recently made in their meeting in Washington. On drone attacks‚ The spokesperson said Islamabad has forcefully raised this issue at all international forums including with the United States.

He maintained that these attacks amount to violation of Pakistan’s sovereignty and international laws.

Responding to a question‚ Aizaz said Pakistan released prominent Taliban Leader Mullah Baradar to facilitate the Afghan reconciliation process. He said Mulla Baradar is in Pakistan and is free to meet anyone.

When asked about Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project‚ the spokesperson said Pakistan will pursue all the energy related projects including Pakistan-Iran gas pipeline project in view of its growing energy requirements.

Regarding Shakeel Afridi‚ Aizaz Chaudhry said his fate will be decided by Pakistani courts as currently he is facing legal process. He said Pakistan has been doing efforts to repatriate Dr. Afia Siddiqi.

On the issue of tapping Pakistani phone calls‚ he said Pakistan raised this issue with United States in June and has been in touch with US authorities. He said Pakistan believes this acts as illegal.

On a question about Saudization policy‚ he said Pakistani embassy in Riyadh has done tremendous work in regularizing the status of its citizens in Saudi Arabia. He said significant success has already been achieved and still we are committed to minimize the damage due Suadization laws.

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