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'Progress on Kashmir not at desired pace'

world Updated: Aug 01, 2009 18:17 IST

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Pakistan has said that progress on resolving the Kashmir issue with India has not been at the “desired pace” even though the two countries have initiated confidence-building measures.

“There have been confidence building measures on the Kashmir issue, but unfortunately, things have not moved at the desired pace,” Pakistan’s Additional Foreign Secretary Asia-Pacific, Masood Khalid, told a group of visiting Sri Lankan Journalists in Islamabad.

“The alienation of Kashmiris has to be addressed and Pakistan is agreeable to a meaningful and purported dialogue on the issue,” Khalid was quoted as saying by ‘Island´ newspaper here.

On Sri Lanka, he expressed Pakistan’s happiness at the LTTE threat being eliminated and said Islamabad hoped that South Asia as a whole could be turned into a peaceful and prosperous region.

Khalid said he was pleased to note that his country’s defence assistance to Sri Lanka, including training, had helped it in its military operations against the LTTE.

“We are happy that Sri Lanka has resolved the LTTE issue and fully support its development, peace and stability,” Khalid was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

“South Asia as a whole, has been in turmoil and we desire peace and stability. This has been our point of emphasis,” he said.