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Talks with India unavoidable, says Pakistan

Pakistan seriously believes that composite dialogue is in the interest of both India and Pakistan, foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said in Islamabad on Thursday.

world Updated: Jun 26, 2009 10:33 IST

Pakistan seriously believes that composite dialogue is in the interest of both India and Pakistan, foreign office spokesman Abdul Basit said in Islamabad on Thursday.

"Talks are unavoidable for durable peace and prosperity in the region," Basit said at a weekly press briefing.

India halted the dialogue process with Pakistan following the Mumbai terror attacks in November 2008, in which at least 170 people were killed and 300 others wounded.

Basit said Pakistan is proceeding in the matter of Mumbai attacks effectively and methodically. India has been calling on Pakistan to take action against those responsible for carrying out the terrorist attacks, and has refused to resume dialogue with Pakistan until Islamabad brings the perpetrators of Mumbai attacks to justice.

Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised to continue the process of dialogue on the issue of terrorism when they met in Russia last week for the first time since the Mumbai terror attacks.