Consensus within Indian govt needed on Kashmir: FM

Consensus within Indian govt needed on Kashmir: FM

24 April 2010
The Dawn


MULTAN: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has said India needs to evolve consensus within its own government on resolving water and Kashmir issues. He said Pakistan was ready for talks with India, but it (India) should also bring a 'positive change' in its attitude regarding talks. Talking to journalists after attending the 10th convocation of the Bahauddin Zakariya University as chief guest here on Saturday, the foreign minister said India and Pakistan were serious in resolving the disputes over water and Kashmir, and added 'The both issues could only be resolved after a consensus is evolved within the Indian government and dialogue was the only way in this regard.' Earlier, addressing participants in the convocation, he said the younger generation was the only guarantee to a glorious future and better days ahead, adding it would be unpardonable if any laxity was shown in its education and training. He said Multan was a historical city and Italian government had recognised Multan's historical status besides expressing a desire to preserve its heritage on the pattern of Rome. BZU Vice-Chancellor Dr Muhammad Zaffarullah said the varsity was serving as a catalyst of change in the predominantly conservative southern region as almost half of the total students enrolled at the varsity were female.


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