Pak Not in Hurry for Talks with India: Qureshi

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has reiterated his country’s willingness for a purposeful dialogue with Indian for solving all outstanding issues, including Kashmir and the river water sharing dispute, but added that Islamabad is in no hurry to hold talks with New Delhi, reported ANI.

He said that Islamabad would not hurry into talks if New Delhi was not interested in ‘purposeful’ dialogue, report said.

The minister, however, welcomed Saudi Arabia’s meddling for restoring composite dialogue between the two countries, said report.

The Dawn reported that Qureshi, in a meeting with former secretaries, ambassadors and other top officials, said that Pakistan had made great sacrifices in the ‘war against terror’ and urged India to join hands with it to uproot terrorism from the region, report said.

Talking to officials, he said that Islamabad ‘genuinely ‘ wanted normalization of relations with New Delhi but it should be on the ground of sovereign equality and mutual respect, report said.

“It is necessary that the two countries reverted back to a meaningful and structured dialogue process, as this is the only way forward,” Qureshi was quoted as saying.

Besides, Qureshi briefed officials about the first ministerial level strategic talks between Pakistan and the US, which were held in Washington on 24-25 March.

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