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Pragmatic solution to all issues with Pak: PM

Singh said that certain negotiations, such as the transfer of Indian territory, were out of question.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 18:15 IST

Ruling out the transfer of Indian territory, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday said that the UPA was committed to a "pragmatic and practical" solution to all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan, including Jammu and Kashmir.

Replying to a question on the Kashmir issue, Singh said that certain things were simply out of question, such as negotiations on thetransfer of the Indian territory.

The Prime Minister said that there had been movement forward in the Indo-Pak relations, noting changes such as enhanced people-to-people contact, the bus services between the two countries and opening up of five points along the LoC for the divided families on the two sides to meet.

About the internal aspect of the Kashmir issue, Singh said that the Government was prepared to interact with all shades of opinion in the state who were willing to leave the path of violence, adding that after coming to office he had interacted with a number of separatist Kashmiri leaders such as Yaseen Mallik and Sajjad Lone.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 18:15 IST