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'Pak wants good terms with India'

world Updated: Apr 23, 2009 21:42 IST
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Pakistan desires good relations with India and wants the stalled dialogue process between the two countries to be resumed as soon as possible, President Asif Ali Zardari said on Thursday.

Zardari made the remarks when India's new High Commissioner to Pakistan, Sharat Sabharwal, presented his credentials to the President during a ceremony at the Aiwan-e-Sadr or presidential palace, sources said.

The President also told Sabharwal that durable peace in the region will be possible only if all outstanding issues are resolved through peaceful means, the sources said.

The composite dialogue between India and Pakistan, which began in 2004, was put off by New Delhi in the wake of last year's Mumbai terror attacks. India has blamed Pakistan-based elements, including the Lashker-e-Taiba terror group for the attacks that killed over 180 people.

Sabharwal presented his credentials to the President along with the envoys of Spain, Indonesia, Hungary and Luxembourg. During the ceremony, they called on Zardari separately and discussed bilateral relations and matters of mutual interest.

The envoys were also presented a guard of honour by a contingent of the Pakistan Army.

Sabharwal, who was India's deputy high commissioner in Islamabad during 1995-99, arrived here on April 6 to take up his new assignment.