Pak­istan wants re­sult-ori­ented di­a­logue with In­dia: Sar­taj

The Pak Banker - - NATIONAL -

Prime Min­is­ter's Ad­viser on Na­tional Se­cu­rity and For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz said on Fri­day that Pak­istan wants re­sul­to­ri­ented di­a­logue with In­dia on all is­sues of mu­tual con­cern in­clud­ing the core is­sue of Kash­mir.

Speak­ing at the 22nd Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing of the ASEAN (As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Na­tions) Re­gional Fo­rum in Kuala Lumpur, Aziz main­tained that Pak­istan pur­sues a pol­icy of good re­la­tions with all the neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

Re­peat­ing Pak­istan's re­solve to fight ter­ror­ism, he claimed that the coun­try's valiant forces are suc­cess­fully de­mol­ish­ing the ter­ror­ist in­fra­struc­ture across Pak­istan.

Aziz ex­pressed deep con­cern at the in­creas­ing threats to re­gional peace and sta- bil­ity in the Mid­dle East, ap­par­ently in the wake of re­cent terror at­tacks in Saudi Ara­bia and the war in Syria and Iraq.

Speak­ing on cur­rent po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in Afghanistan, the Ad­viser em­pha­sised that Pak­istan be­lieves in an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process.

It must be re­mem­bered that Pak­istan had hosted a meet­ing was hosted be­tween the Afghan Gov­ern­ment and Afghan Tal­iban rep­re­sen­ta­tives in Mur­ree on 7 July 2015 along with the rep­re­sen­ta­tives from China and USA. The par­tic­i­pants were duly man­dated by their re­spec­tive lead­er­ship and ex­pressed their col­lec­tive de­sire to bring peace to Afghanistan and the re­gion.

The sec­ond round of the talks, which was sched­uled to be held in Pak­istan on 31 July 2015 was post­poned in view of the re­ports re­gard­ing the death of Mulla Omar and the lead­er­ship cri­sis among Tal­iban.

On the side­lines of ARF Min­is­te­rial Meet­ing, the Ad­viser held bi­lat­eral meet­ings with the For­eign Min­is­ters of China, Tur­key, Ja­pan, lndone­sia, Malaysia, DPR Korea and Nor­way in which he held widerang­ing dis­cus­sions in­clud­ing the is­sues of peace and se­cu­rity in the Asia Pa­cific re­gion and ways and means to tackle tra­di­tional and non-tra­di­tional se­cu­rity chal­lenges.

New Tal­iban leader Mul­lah Akhtar Man­soor in his first au­dio mes­sage re­leased Au­gust 1 has given mixed sig­nals about the peace process while vow­ing to con­tinue ji­had to im­ple­ment Shariah and Is­lamic sys­tem. Pak­istan to­day also con­demned a United States (US) drone strike in the Lawara Mandi area of North Waziris­tan Agency on 06 Au­gust 2015 which re­sulted in a num­ber of ca­su­al­ties.

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