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Pak hints at going ahead with talks
Jayanth Jacob, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, August 08, 2013
First Published: 01:39 IST(8/8/2013)
Last Updated: 01:40 IST(8/8/2013)

Pakistan on Wednesday sent out feelers about being committed to a sustained and meaningful engagement with India, even as the Indian government remains under fire from the opposition to suspend the talks after five Indian solders were killed in an ambush in Poonch sector in J&K on Tuesday.

Pakistan had denied any involvement in the incident.

“Pakistan remains committed to a sustained and meaningful engagement with India that would produce mutually beneficial results”, Pakistan foreign secretary, Jalil Abbas Jilani said in a letter written to his Indian counterpart, Sujatha Singh congratulating her on taking over the post.

“Expressing his good wishes on her new assignment, foreign secretary Jilani appreciated foreign secretary Singh’s desire to “pick up the threads” of the dialogue process from where it was left off,” Pakistan foreign office said.

Jilani said the exchange of goodwill messages between the two countries needed to be carried forward. He said he looked forward to working closely with the Indian foreign secretary in addressing all issues of mutual concern.

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