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'Pak won't accept preconditions for resuming talks with India'

world Updated: Aug 19, 2010 18:10 IST
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Indo-Pak dialogue

Pakistan on Thursday said it was unwilling to accept any "preconditions" for resumption of the Indo-Pak dialogue, including New Delhi's demand for action against terrorism emanating from its soil, claiming that the ball was in India's court to move the process forward.

"Our position is very clear. We do not agree to any preconditions for resuming the dialogue process between Pakistan and India," Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit told a weekly news briefing.

Responding to a question on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's call for Pakistan to act against terrorism directed against India emanating from its soil in order to ensure progress in bilateral parleys, Basit said Pakistan would like to see "that our dialogue moves to a certain direction and achieves results."

"That is our sole objective when we talk about the dialogue process between Pakistan and India," he said.

Though the Foreign Ministers of India and Pakistan met in Islamabad on July 15 and discussed all issues, the "two sides were not able to map their future engagements," he said.

Basit made it clear that the ball was in India's court and that India would have to show "flexibility" to take forward the dialogue process that has been stalled since the November 2008 Mumbai attacks.

"So we will see how things evolve and if India shows some flexibility and shows its readiness to discuss all the issues as was decided by the two Prime Ministers at Thimphu (on the sidelines of the SAARC summit in April), I think the two sides can meet again," Basit said.

Pakistan is ready to be "constructive and positive" and is prepared to "achieve concrete results on all issues which are there between our two countries, including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

During his address to the nation on the occasion of Independence Day on August 15, Prime Minister Singh said his government wants to resolve all differences with Pakistan but made it clear that dialogue cannot go far unless terrorism emanating from Pakistan ends.

"As far as Pakistan is concerned, we expect from them that they would not let their territory to be used for acts of terrorism against India," he had said.

Noting that India has been emphasising this in all discussions with Pakistan, Singh had said, "If this is not done, we cannot progress far in our dialogue."