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Pak says ready for composite dialogue

Three days after the foreign secretaries meeting, Pakistan on Sunday said it is ready for the composite dialogue process with India provided there are no preconditions from the other side.

world Updated: Mar 01, 2010 02:09 IST

Three days after the foreign secretaries meeting, Pakistan on Sunday said it is ready for the composite dialogue process with India provided there are no preconditions from the other side.

“The ball is in India’s court. We are ready for a proper process of composite dialogue,” Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit said, adding that Pakistan could participate in the process if India did not set any conditions.

Basit made the remarks while responding to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that there is no other way but the composite dialogue for the solution of disputes between India and Pakistan.

Pakistan, too, can set a number of preconditions for starting a dialogue but “it believes in settlement of bilateral issues with India through a positive negotiation process”, he told a TV news channel.

“We welcome the Indian desire for resumption of composite dialogue,” Basit said, adding that Pakistan has always been making efforts in this regard.

The Pakistani delegation that visited India last week for the foreign secretary-level talks had gone with a positive approach, he said.

“We have given a road map to the Indians and now it depends on them as and when they respond to this road map positively,” he added.

The continuity of dialogue is in the interest of Pakistan and India as well as the entire region, Basit said.

“It is imperative for Pakistan and Indian to work in a cooperative mode to address the issue of terrorism,” he said.