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Talks with India for sake of talks won't serve any purpose: Pak

Even as it insisted that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve all issues with India, Pakistan on Wednesday said "engaging in talks for the sake of talks would serve no purpose" and asked New Delhi to change its "Cold War mindset".

world Updated: Mar 03, 2010 22:37 IST

Even as it insisted that dialogue is the only way forward to resolve all issues with India, Pakistan on Wednesday said "engaging in talks for the sake of talks would serve no purpose" and asked New Delhi to change its "Cold War mindset".

"We raise our hopes and then disappoint ourselves," Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told Geo News channel, referring to the February 25 talks between Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao and her Pakistani counterpart Salman Bashir in New Delhi.

However, he said, dialogue is the "only way forward."

Separately, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said during a meeting with his Norwegian counterpart Jonas Gahr Store here that Pakistan wanted its ties with India to normalise "by resolving bilateral disputes through a sustained and meaningful dialogue process."

However, "engaging in talks for the sake of talks would serve no purpose," he was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Foreign Office.

Qureshi said "India had to change its approach vis-a-vis Pakistan, which somehow continued to be anchored in the Cold War mindset."

Referring to the recent Foreign Secretary-level Indo-Pak talks, he said Pakistan had gone for the parleys "with an open mind."