Mend attitude, Kasuri tells Indo-Pak officials
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Mend attitude, Kasuri tells Indo-Pak officials

The Pakistan Foreign Minister says that the bureaucrats of the two countries should change their existing mindsets.

india Updated: Nov 29, 2006 14:58 IST

Pakistan and India are currently led by "sensible leaders" keen on resolving bilateral issues but the bureaucrats of the two countries should "change their existing mindsets," Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri has said.

Just back from India, Kasuri told the media that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was "looking forward" to visiting Pakistan.

Much could be achieved ion specific issues like reducing military presence on the Siachen Glacier, Sir Creek on the Arabian Sea and the long-pending Kashmir issue, but the minister blamed the officials on the two sides for the delays and roadblocks, The Nation said.

Kasuri was reflecting President Pervez Musharraf's oft-repeated prescription about the need to "think out of the box", without pouring over briefs given by officials.

Analysts recall that in the past, blaming officials was a pet theme of Pakistani politicians and military dictators like ZA Bhutto and General Zia-ul Haq.

"There is a dire need for the bureaucrats of India and Pakistan to mend their attitude to speed up peace process between the two nations," Kasuri told mediapersons.

Since Manmohan Singh and Pervez Musharraf are sensible leaders, certainly they would bring out the suitable solution for the Kashmir problem which would be acceptable largely by the leadership and masses of both the nations", Kasuri said.

"The ongoing dialogue process which would be at secretary level, foreign minister-level talk and between Manmohan Singh and Musharraf would surely bring fruitful results since the intentions of both sides are pious and crystal clear", Kasuri said.

First Published: Nov 29, 2006 13:16 IST