Pak wants 'uninterruptable' peace process with India

Pak wants 'uninterruptable' peace process with India

"As reaffirmed by the Prime Minister yesterday, Pakistan believes dialogue is the only way forward. This dialogue must be uninterrupted and uninterruptable," Foreign Office spokesperson Tehmina Janjua said during the weekly news briefing.

Referring to the agreement by the two countries to resume the peace process that was stalled in the wake of the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Janjua said the Home and Interior Secretaries of India and Pakistan will meet in New Delhi during March 28-29 to discuss terrorism, counter-narcotics measures and humanitarian issues.

"Pakistan will approach the talks with an open mind and a constructive spirit... we look forward to positive results from the talks," she said. The Commerce Secretaries of the two countries are scheduled to meet in Islamabad in April and this will be followed by other secretary-level meetings, Janjua said.

These meetings will lead up to talks between the Foreign Secretaries and Foreign Ministers by July, she said. During a meeting with an Indian peace delegation yesterday, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said wars are not a solution and talks are the only way forward for India and Pakistan.

Gilani hoped that the upcoming talks between the two sides would help to reduce the trust deficit and build a foundation for taking the peace process forward.