ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani on Wednesday said that Pakistan would like to sit with the government of India to resolve all outstanding issues peacefully and in a just manner.Talking to an Indian peace delegation led by known Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar here at Prime Minister House on Wednesday, Premier Gilani said, “Wars are no solution, talks are the only way forward between Pakistan and India.”The Prime Minister appreciated the contribution of the members of the civil society of both sides towards promoting the ideas of peace, friendship and development in the region, particularly between India and Pakistan, and said that he wanted to benefit from the wisdom of the civil society and peace activists in pursuing cordial neighbourly ties with India.
The Prime Minister stated that the first priority of his government was the development and wellbeing of the people of Pakistan for which peace and stability in the country were vital. Pakistan hence wishes to have friendly, cooperative and good neighbourly relations with India and he had personally invested into peace process given his ancestral and family’s longstanding historical contributions in joint India war of liberation and India-Pakistan friendship, he added. Recalling his meetings with his Indian counterpart in Sharm El Sheikh in 2009 and in Thimphu in April last year, Prime Minister Gilan said that he fully believed in the sincerity of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for resolution of all the disputes between the two countries through the peace process.He urged the politicians as well as media of both sides for their positive role in taking the peace process forward.The Prime Minister expressed his satisfaction with the resumption of dialogue between the two countries by noting that interior secretaries of the two countries would meet in New Delhi next week to take up terrorism, drug trafficking and humanitarian issues. – Nation