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Pak for flexibility on J&K issue

Pak foreign secretary says they will show flexibility in resolving the J&K issue but India should also reciprocate.

india Updated: Dec 26, 2006 22:38 IST

Ahead of External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee's visit, Pakistan on Tuesday said it was ready to show "flexibility" in finding a resolution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue but wanted India also to reciprocate.

"Pakistan has made consistent efforts to resolve the Jammu and Kashmir issue through negotiations and is ready to show flexibility to move forward provided India too does so," Foreign Secretary Riaz Mohd Khan told reporters in Islamabad.

Mukherjee is slated to reach Islamabad on January 13 to invite Pakistan for the SAARC Summit in New Delhi in April. "The visit will also provide an opportunity to review the composite dialogue," he said.

Khan's comments come close on the heels of President Pervez Musharraf advocating a four-point formula which is to make no change in boundaries of Kashmir, to make borders and the LoC irrelevant, have staggered demilitarisation and have autonomy or self-governance with a joint supervision mechanism.

Striking a positive note, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said India welcomed all new ideas aimed at resolving the issue.

Khan, however, made it clear that solution in pursuit of any negotiated settlement must reflect the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and acceptable to both Pakistan and India.