Water issue to be raised in India talks: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi Friday reiterated that Pakistan and India should focus on resumption of dialogue which would clinch peace for the whole South Asian region.

Talking to a local news channel from New York Friday, the Foreign Minister said that his meeting with Indian counterpart SM Krishna would be held on September 27, adding terrorism is not only their concern but it was concern of Pakistan also.

“In my opinion, resumption of composite dialogue is the only way to resolve all the issues which are of great importance for both the countries,” said the Foreign Minister.

To fight terrorism, both the countries should adopt a joint strategy which would ultimately guarantee peace in the whole region.

To a question, he said it was decided in the meeting of both the Prime Ministers in Sharm EL Sheikh that dialogue is the only way for long and durable peace.

“We would discuss all the concerns of Pakistan, and the issue of water would also be raised with India,” he maintained.

Foreign Minister said, approach of Pakistan is constructive and attitude was positive; but keeping in mind the rift among the political forces in India “we should not have high expectations, and no major breakthrough should be expected in coming meeting with Indian Foreign Minister”.

“But this is a process, and we must remain engage in this process,” he maintained.

Replying to a question Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Pakistan is a responsible country and is fully aware of its defence needs, and also gave importance to nuclear non-proliferation.

“Our view point is that we have to move forward keeping in mind the strategic importance of South Asia,” he added.

About Mumbai incident, he said “I would share with them the steps taken in this regard by Pakistan, and in fact we have done sufficient and they must have no reservations over it.”

Pakistan wants to move forward with positive mind set, FM asserted.

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