Islamabad : Pakistan Friday called for immediate resumption of dialogue with India, saying it has consistently maintained that instead of indulging in a blame-game both sides should, without further delay, resume the Composite Dialogue process.
India suspended ‘composite dialogue’ with Pakistan after the November Mumbai attacks, which had killed nearly 170 people and injured over 300.
Responding to a question regarding President Obama’s suggestion for an “effective dialogue” between Pakistan and India, the Foreign Office Spokesman said that “we cannot agree more”.
He hoped that the US and other friends of Pakistan and India will encourage and facilitate this process.
“We also need to address the long-standing issue of Jammu and Kashmir, which is the core dispute that has bedeviled relations and vitiated the security environment in South Asia”.
“It has always been Pakistan’s position that all long-standing issues between our two countries should be resolved through a constructive and result-oriented dialogue,” the spokesman said in a statement.
The Spokesman added that Pakistan and India Joint Anti-Terrorism Mechanism exists and provides a viable avenue to address mutual concerns. The mechanism for Interior/Home Secretaries talks also exists. Peace, security and counter-terrorism are among the salient elements of the Composite Dialogue.