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Indo-Pak talks in right direction: Pak PM

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz added that core issues such as the region of Kashmir still remain.

india Updated: Nov 13, 2005 16:09 IST
Farid Hossain (AP)
Farid Hossain (AP)

Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday that peace talks with India were making progress, but core issues such as Kashmir still remain.

"We are going step-by-step in confidence-building measures (with India)," Aziz told reporters in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka. "And my meeting with the Indian prime minister here yesterday was another step in the right direction."

On Saturday, Aziz held talks with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the sidelines of a regional summit attended also by leaders from five other South Asian nations.

Aziz said his talks with Singh covered "all aspects of our bilateral relations including terrorism and trade" and that they were "productive."

During his meeting with Singh, Aziz said his country is against "all forms of terrorism and is ready to cooperate with any country to combat the menace."

On the issue of Kashmir, Aziz said Pakistan wants a "solution that will be sustainable and will reflect the aspirations of the people of Kashmir."

His remarks came a day after India claimed that infiltration and violence byterrorists in Kashmir have not abated even after the devastating October 8 earthquake in the region.

The ongoing peace process between the two countries received a slight boost after they agreed to open their heavily militarised frontier to exchange relief material, and allow Kashmiris to cross over to visit relatives hit by the quake.

Although three border crossings have been opened so far, no people have been allowed to go back and forth because of bureaucratic delays over providing permits.

First Published: Nov 13, 2005 14:51 IST