No compromise on Kashmir: Pak on Zardari visit

Islamabad also said the meeting in New Delhi on April 8 will contribute to intra-regional peace.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Islamabad | Published: April 6, 2012 3:57:29 am

Pakistan on Thursday said it is looking forward to a “constructive engagement” between President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at their upcoming meeting but there would be no compromise on the “core issue” of Kashmir or maintaining credible nuclear deterrence.

Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani told parliament that his government would take the legislature into confidence on the talks and it is committed to discussing all “core issues”,including Kashmir,with India.

Islamabad also said the meeting in New Delhi on April 8 will contribute to intra-regional peace.

“We can assure you that the government is responsible and the dialogue is going on with them (India). We are discussing all the core issues,including Kashmir,Siachen,water and everything,all the issues,” Gilani said while making a statement during a joint session of the National Assembly and Senate.

The President had intended to go on a “private visit” to the Sufi shrine of Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti at Ajmer but the Indian PM offered to host him for lunch. “Whatever talks are held with the President,we will take the House into confidence,” he added.

Gilani said his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh had told him to “put all the cards on the table” as he (Singh) was “ready to discuss all issues,including Kashmir”.

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