Despite 26/11,we’ve to live as good neighbours: Pak

Seeking resumption of dialogue with India,Pakistan said the two countries will have to live as ‘good neighbours’ despite the ‘hiccup’ caused in bilateral ties by the Mumbai terrorist strikes.

Written by Agencies | Islamabad | Published: February 7, 2009 4:18 pm

Seeking resumption of dialogue with India,Pakistan on Saturday said the two countries will have to live as ‘good neighbours’ despite the ‘hiccup’ caused in bilateral ties by the Mumbai terrorist strikes.

It also asserted that it wants its probe into the attacks to be ‘transparent’ and ‘open to examination’ because the government is ‘serious’ in prosecuting those responsible.

“The most important thing is that India and Pakistan have to live as good neighbours,” Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview in Munich,where he is participating in an international security conference.

“Our democratically elected government started on a policy of normalisation (with India) and we were doing fairly well till the unfortunate Mumbai incident that has caused a hiccup and there is a pause in the composite dialogue,” he said in the interview,excerpts of which were aired by Pakistani television channels.

India and Pakistan should resume the composite dialogue process,which began in 2004,to ensure peace in their neighbourhood,he said.

Noting that Pakistan wanted to get over the problems caused by the Mumbai incident ‘as soon as possible’,Qureshi said,”We want to resume dialogue with India because we feel that if we want development in South Asia,if we want regional peace,then normal friendly relations between Pakistan and India will play a significant role.”

Qureshi said Pakistan will soon share with India and the world community the report on its investigation into the Mumbai attacks.

“We will share our preliminary report not just with India but with other important players of the world. We will share this report because we want our investigations to be fair,transparent and open to examination because the government of Pakistan is serious in prosecuting people who are responsible for the Mumbai incident,” he said.

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