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'Indo-Pak dialogue yielding dividends'

The composite dialogue process between India, Pakistan is yielding dividends and narrowing the trust deficit.

india Updated: Feb 17, 2007 08:34 IST

The composite dialogue process between India and Pakistan was yielding dividends and narrowing the trust deficit that existed between the two countries, a Pakistani minister saidin Karachi on Friday night.

Pakistan had started a peace process with India as it wanted peace and stability in the region and prosperity for the people, junior minister for foreign affairs Khuso Bakhtiar told reporters at a reception for Consul-Generals in the city.

"The dialogue is yielding dividends. It is narrowing the trust deficit which existed between the two countries," he said, hoping that it will ultimately lead towards conflict resolution.

Bakhtiar said the present government was coming up with solutions for creating space in Pakistan to negotiate, what was once considered to be, the intractable issue of Kashmir.

He said Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri would hold talks on reopening a consulate office in Mumbai during his India visit next week.

On Iran's standoff with the United States and other western powers over its nuclear issue, he said Pakistan will oppose any military action against Teheran.

Teheran had the right to develop nuclear energy under regulations in the International Atomic Energy Agency, he said.

"Iran should, at the same time, abide by its commitments under Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT)," he said.

Pakistan, Bakhtiar said, had very good relations with Iran and the Iran-Pakistan-India Gas pipeline was a manifestation of this.

He said Pakistan, being in the forefront of war against terrorism, has played a very vital role in acting as an anchor of peace and stability in the region.

"There is already too much instability in the region and therefore we oppose any military invasion in Iran as this kind of act would only work towards deterioration of the present circumstances," he said.

First Published: Feb 17, 2007 08:34 IST