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Pak says talks only way forward; seeks resumption of CD

Seeking resumption of the stalled composite dialogue, Pakistan on Friday insisted that talks are the only way forward as "wars are not the solution" and said it has presented to India some proposals for high-level parleys and a roadmap to move ahead the process.

world Updated: Feb 26, 2010 20:54 IST

Seeking resumption of the stalled composite dialogue, Pakistan on Friday insisted that talks are the only way forward as "wars are not the solution" and said it has presented to India some proposals for high-level parleys and a roadmap to move ahead the process.

"There should be composite dialogue. Dialogue is the only answer and wars are not the solution," Prime Minister Yousuf Gilani told reporters on the sidelines of an official function in Karachi.

"Therefore, we want to have talks with India but these should be meaningful and the core issues should be addressed," he said.

Referring to yesterday's Foreign Secretary-level talks between the two countries, Gilani said Pakistan want good relations and friendly ties with India and all its neighbours, including Afghanistan.

Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir, who returned to Pakistan today after his meeting with his Indian counterpart Nirupama Rao, too called for the resumption of the composite dialogue, saying open-ended talks or engagement would not yield any benefits.

Describing his meetings with Rao and External Affairs Minister S M Krishna as "exploratory" in nature, he said Pakistan had presented some proposals for more high-level meetings and a roadmap for taking forward the talks process.

"(The India side) did not reject or accept (this roadmap). Probably they need time," he said.