HT Image
HT Image

Pakistan seeks world pressure on India for peace dialogue

Expressing dissatisfaction on slow progress in peace move, Pak said no terror camp exists on its soil.
PTI | By ANI, Islamabad
UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2006 08:06 PM IST

Keen on resuming talks with India, Pakistan has expressed dissatisfaction with New Delhi's official responses and requested the international community to  persuade and pressure India to come to the negotiation table.

Islamabad has also given a guarantee on behalf of Pakistani law enforcement  agencies that neither terrorist training  camp exists inside the country nor have any terrorists crossed the Line of Control (LoC), The News quoted European diplomats in Brussels, Belgium, as saying.

One  of the diplomats, who requested anonymity, said  that  while Pakistan  agrees with India's "step-by-step" approach,  it  wants New Delhi to at least consider starting these discussions at  the level  of foreign secretaries.

"Pakistan may shortly suggest  two or  three  dates to India for a round  of  Indo-Pakistan  foreign secretaries' dialogue which diplomats expect to be resumed  after the UN General Assembly session," the diplomat told The News.

Pakistan  has conveyed to India her willingness to negotiate  all conflicts  through structured official dialogue at any  place  and any  time, but Indian officials have thrown indicators that  they would  prefer  the first round of official level dialogue  to  be held in Islamabad, a diplomatic source in Brussels said.

The European Union is reportedly in regular contact with  foreign ministries  of  both  India and  Pakistan,  encouraging  them  to bolster confidence building measures (CBMs), which may  culminate to a structured round of official dialogue.

"I  speak to foreign ministers of India and Pakistan often and  I get positive indicators during our telephonic conversations  that things  are  moving in the right direction,"  EU  Foreign  Policy Chief Javier Solana told The News.

Solana  is optimistic that bilateral dialogue between  India  and Pakistan would start soon. The diplomats, however, say there is a sharp  difference  of perception on priorities of  issues  to  be discussed.

Pakistan  wants issues like Kashmir and maintaining  of  regional peace  and security to be discussed first. These can be  followed by  talks  on other issues like Siachen, the Wullar  Barrage  and Tulbul   Navigation   projects,  Sir  Creek,   terrorism,   drug-trafficking, economic and commercial cooperation.

India,  on the other hand, wants to discuss restoration of  trade relations, including its demand that Pakistan declare India as  a most favoured nation (MFN), before any official level dialogue is initiated.

SHARE THIS ARTICLE ON
Close
SHARE
Story Saved
OPEN APP