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Pak hopes new Indian Govt will resume composite dialogue

world Updated: May 26, 2009 15:25 IST
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Pakistan hopes India's new government would resume the composite dialogue process stalled in the aftermath of the Mumbai terror attack, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said as he met the Indian envoy in Islamabad.

The meeting, first of any Pakistani official with Indian High Commissioner Sharad Sabharwal after elections in India, covered issues like Indo-Pak relations, investigation into Mumbai attacks and formation of a new government in India.

Qureshi said "cordial and better" relations between Pakistan and India would be beneficial, not only for the region but also for the people of both countries, the Online news agency said, quoting sources said.

He hoped the new Indian government under the leadership of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would resume composite dialogue with Pakistan, it said.

During the meeting that lasted over an hour on Monday, Qureshi said: "Pakistan is committed to bringing the perpetrators of Mumbai attack to justice at all cost".

He said the confidence building measures between Pakistan and India "can remove a sense of deprivation among the citizens of both countries," the report said.

Pakistan intends to resolve all outstanding issues with India through dialogue for sustainable and lasting peace in the region, he said, pointing out that the Kashmir issue should be resolved "in accordance with the aspirations of Kashmir people".