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Tense subcontinental ties detract from war on terror: Nawaz

world Updated: Jan 28, 2010 20:24 IST

Tense subcontinental ties will detract from Pakistan's war against terror on its western borders, former prime minister Nawaz Sharif said on Thursday.

"Prosperity of the people of India and Pakistan and sustainable peace and stability in the region can be ensured only if both countries enjoy good relations," Online news agency quoted Sharif as telling Indian High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal at the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader's country villa at Raiwand on the outskirts of Lahore.

"Both the countries need to resolve the disputed issues, especially the Kashmir issue, with meaningful dialogue," he added.

According to Sharif, the political leadership of India and Pakistan must take serious initiatives for resuming the composite dialogue process.

Pakistan-India relations, revival of the composite dialogue and the regional situation were among the topics discussed during the meeting.

Sabharwal said that the government and people of India want cordial and friendly relations, adding that both countries have to solve their issues through the dialogue process after revival of confidence building measures.