ISLAMABAD: Pakistan views India as its most important neighbour and desires sustained, substantive and result-oriented process of dialogue with it to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issue of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan’s Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday.
PM Gilani, who flew into the picturesque Swat Valley on a day-long visit to address a national seminar on de-radicalization, said: “We sincerely hope that the ongoing process of comprehensive engagement with India will be fruitful. Pakistan would like to resolve all outstanding issues with India in a peaceful manner.”
Gilani said that India will have to play a more positive and accommodating role and respond to Pakistan’s legitimate security concerns.
“India will not find Pakistan lacking in will to write a new chapter in our bilateral relations,” he added.
He said that since 2008 Pakistan has taken a number of measures at different levels to fight terrorism, in line with the country’s national interest.
“We are working closely with our global partners to fight terrorist groups and are determined not to allow use of our soil for terrorist activities against anyone.”
He said Pakistan was committed to working in unison with all neighbours in the region for the establishment of peace and elimination of terrorism.
He reiterated that a stable united, friendly and peaceful Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s best interest and pointed that Pakistan wants independent and sovereign Afghanistan without any external influence.
The Prime Minister spoke at length about Pakistan’s security paradigm that owes its genesis to US-led Afghan jihad in the 1980′s, inept post-cold war handling of Afghanistan by the West, regional conflicts and post 9/11 war in Afghanistan.
“What we witness today is the consequence of history and has an internal, regional and global context.”