Pakistan wants peace, but will not compromise: Kayani
Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaque Parvaiz Kayani said his country wanted to defuse tensions with India following the Mumbai terror attacks, but without any compromise or under pressure.world Updated: Jan 17, 2009 16:17 IST
Pakistan's Army Chief General Ashfaque Parvaiz Kayani on Saturday said his country wanted to defuse tensions with India following the Mumbai terror attacks but without any compromise or under pressure.
Kayani made this statement while meeting visiting British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in Islamabad, Geo TV reported, citing sources.
"Pakistan desired dilution of tension and peace in the region," Kayani reportedly told Miliband, but made it clear that no compromise would be made on the security of the country.
He said that Pakistan army was ready to meet all eventualities.
Miliband, in his response, told the Pakistani general that war would not help any side to gain anything.
"War is not in the interest of any one, Pakistan and India should opt for dialogue," he told Kayani and added that Britain would play its role in bringing down the tension between the two neighbouring countries.
The ongoing India-Pakistan stand-off following the Mumbai attacks, Pakistan's war against terrorism and other regional issues were discussed during the meeting, according to the report.