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Gilani for resumption of composite talks

world Updated: Nov 07, 2009 22:12 IST
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Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani on Saturday made a strong pitch for the resumption of the Indo-Pak composite dialogue, saying Pakistan wants good relations with its neighbours "on the basis of equality".

Favouring resumption of the stalled dialogue process, Gilani said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has also stated that he was ready for discussions on all core issues.

Responding to a question on whether Pakistan had "concrete evidence" on allegations of India backing militants in Pakistan's tribal areas, he said the issue will be taken up "when we sit at the negotiating table".

"Manmohan Singh has said he is ready for discussions on all core issues. Our objective is that the composite dialogue should be held so that we can discuss all such issues," Gilani told reporters on the sidelines of an official function here.

Pakistan, he said, wants good relations with its neighbours "on the basis of equality".

Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira and Interior Minister Rehman Malik recently claimed that Pakistani troops have found India-made arms and equipment in South Waziristan.

Despite these claims by the ministers and chief military spokesman Maj Gen Athar Abbas, Pakistan is yet to present any evidence or materials to back up its allegations.

India has dismissed Pakistani allegations as baseless.

India suspended the composite dialogue in the wake of last year's Mumbai attacks, which were carried out by the Pakistan-based Lashker-e-Taiba.

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