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Will welcome start of peace dialogue whenever India wants: Pakistan

PTI
Published Apr 27, 2016, 9:11 pm IST
Updated Apr 27, 2016, 9:15 pm IST
Several issues, including Pathankot probe and 26/11 trial were discussed when India, Pak foreign secretaries met in New Delhi.
Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry after a meeting at South Block in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)
 Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar with his Pakistani counterpart Aizaz Ahmad Chaudhry after a meeting at South Block in New Delhi. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: Foreign Secretary Aizaz Ahmed Chaudhry on Wednesday said that he has conveyed to his Indian counterpart that Pakistan will welcome the start of the peace dialogue whenever India is ready. "The two sides raised their respective concerns in cordial and forthright manner," Chaudhry said in response to question on his meeting with Indian counterpart S Jaishankar.

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Addressing media after his return from New Delhi where he met Jaishankar on the sidelines of the Heart of Asia Conference, he said Pakistan will welcome the start of the peace dialogue whenever India indicated that it was also ready for it. Chaudhry and Jaishankar met for nearly 90 minutes in New Delhi yesterday during which sticky issues including probe into Pathankot terror attack, 26/11 trial and Samjhauta Express blast investigations figured.

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The Pakistani Foreign Secretary once again termed "Kashmir a core issue" between the two countries and demanded that it should be resolved in accordance with aspiration of the Kashmiris and the resolution of UN Security Council.

 

On the positive side, he underscored that India also feels that dialogue was the only way forward between the two countries. "There is a realisation on part of India that dialogue is the only way forward to discuss all outstanding issues," he said.

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He also noted that both sides agreed that people-to- people contact should remain intact. He said there was a consensus to continue working on humanitarian issues.

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