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India needs to change its Pak policies: Qureshi
PTI
Islamabad, March 07, 2010
First Published: 18:52 IST(7/3/2010)
Last Updated: 18:54 IST(7/3/2010)

Pakistan wants to establish friendly relations with all its neighbours, including India, though New Delhi needs to change its policies towards Islamabad, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Sunday.

Problems between countries cannot be properly solved without talks, but at the same time "words alone cannot yield any fruit", Qureshi said.

"If talks remain only at the level of words, we will attain no results," he said.

Qureshi said establishing "one-sided relations" by Pakistan will not lead to unity and solidarity and called on the Indian government to "change its policies" towards Islamabad.

"Recently, the Pakistani government has attended a meeting at the level of Foreign Secretaries in New Delhi (on February 25) to hold constructive talks and resolve the conflicts between the two sides," Qureshi told Iran's Fars news agency referring to Islamabad's efforts to settle disputes and differences and normalise ties with India.

Referring to Islamabad's relations with Kabul, he said: "Afghanistan is our neighbour and bilateral ties with them have been growing and developing on a daily basis ever since the endorsement of the joint treaty in January 2009."

Pakistan wants to "deepen relations with Afghanistan" and the government is ready to cooperate with the Afghans "at their request", he said.

The sheltering of three million Afghan refugees in Pakistan was an example of Islamabad's resolve to maintain solidarity and unity with Kabul, he added.


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