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Kashmir key to cordial ties with India: Gilani

world Updated: Jun 29, 2009 01:36 IST

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Pakistan's Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani on Sunday said a 'cordial relationship' with India was not possible until the longstanding Kashmir issue was resolved, the Online news agency reported.

"Pakistan has always wanted to have cordial relations with all neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, India and Iran, but talks between India and Pakistan without the resolution of Kashmir issue would be fruitless," Gilani told reporters at Mansoorah.

"Solution of Kashmir issue is the cornerstone of Pakistan's foreign Policy," he underlined, and said India should end "human rights violations" in Kashmir and resolve the issue in accordance with the aspiration of Kashmiri people.

Gilani was at Mansoorah to attend a condolence ceremony organised on the death of a senior Jama'at-e-Islami leader, Amir Mian Tufail.

He admitted that militants were taking advantage of the suspension of dialogue between Pakistan and India, but, he said, "no compromise will be made on the sovereignty of Pakistan."