Musharraf for result-oriented talks with India

The Pakistan President says that peace in South Asia without the resolution of Kashmir issue will be a mere pipe dream.

india Updated: Nov 03, 2006 13:17 IST

Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf has said that peace in South Asia without the resolution of the Kashmir issue would be a "mere pipe dream".

He said that he wanted result-oriented talks with India over the Kashmir issue.

Normalisation of relations and the resolution of all outstanding disputes were in the best interests of Pakistan and India, the Daily Times quoted him as saying while talking to the visiting Belgian Foreign Minister Karel de Gucht.

Musharraf further said that Pakistan had resumed composite dialogue with India on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir.

He added that the two sides needed to move forward with "sincere intentions", and hoped that the upcoming Secretary-level talks between the two countries would demonstrate the spirit of the Havana discussions.

About Pakistan continuing to join the war on global terror, the President said, "We are fighting the war in our supreme national interest. Pakistan would never tolerate terrorism and would chase down elements that want to disturb the country's peace".

First Published: Nov 03, 2006 12:38 IST