Indian PM Desirous Of Resolving Kashmir: Gilani

Indian PM Desirous Of Resolving Kashmir: Gilani

28 January 2012
Rising Kashmir


Davos: Describing Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a genuine person, Pakistan premier Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani Saturday disclosed that Indian PM is desirous of resolving the core issue of Kashmir. In an interaction with the media persons here on the fringes of the ongoing annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, Gilani termed Indian Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh as a genuine person. “He (Singh) too was desirous of resolving all issues with Pakistan including the core issue of Kashmir,” he disclosed. To a question about another Mumbai-style attack, Gilani said, “Ifs and when do not make a story”. “We have resumed comprehensive dialogue with India,” he said and mentioned his visit to Mohali to see Cricket World Cup semi-final at the invitation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. “We are in the process of normalizing trade relations with India which will benefit the people of both the countries.” He said Pakistan was actively engaged with its partners in SAARC and ECO for promoting economic cooperation and sharing prosperity among the regional countries. “We have to eradicate terrorism from its roots, we have to create more jobs for our young people, we have to invest in energy and physical infrastructure and to pay more attention to health and education. We are facing all these challenges upfront and squarely,” he said. Pakistan premier said his country attaches importance to its relations with Afghanistan and a peaceful and stable Afghanistan was in the strategic interest of Pakistan. “We see Pakistan as a factor of peace, stability and development in the region. Pakistan desires good relations with all its neighbours and if India has any information it can share it with Pakistan,” he said. On the prevailing situation in Pakistan, Gilani said, “I don’t think there will be a coup in Pakistan ever. There is no threat to democracy. No State institution, military or the people of Pakistan want a coup and all are in favour of democracy”. The international media was particularly interested in the change in the Pakistan-United States ties following the On NATO attack that led attack to killing of 24 Pakistani soldiers, he said the incident was a “turning point” and it created a bad taste. “Prior to the attack there had been a number of other incidents that had already strained ties between the two countries to a large extent.” He said the Defence Committee of the Cabinet decided to define new terms of engagements and it was decided to cut off the NATO supply lines, get the Shamsi base vacated and boycotted the Bonn Conference. He said the Pakistan’s parliament would be defining new terms of engagement and hoped the new terms would be more productive and lasting.