Pakistan-India talks: Hina Rabbani Khar arrives in New Delhi

Foreign Minister says Pakistan looking forward to developing sustainable dialogue with India.


Reuters/express July 26, 2011

NEW DEHLI: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday arrived in New Delhi for talks with her Indian counterpart SM Krishna.

Khar and Krishna will meet in New Delhi to agree on confidence-building measures, such as relaxing trade and travel restrictions across the ceasefire line dividing disputed Kashmir but are unlikely to make any headway on the thorny territorial issue of Kashmir itself, or on fighting militancy.

(Read: Timeline - Pak-India talks in perspective)

"We have learned lessons from history but are not burdened by history. We can move forward as good, friendly neighbours who have a stake in each other's future and who understand the responsibility that both the countries have to the region and within the region," Khar told reporters in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Khar's first major meeting in Delhi was with senior Kashmiri leaders, including Syed Ali Gilani, a sign of how the disputed region occupies the prime position in ties between Pakistan and India.

(Read: Time to forget Kashmir)

Speaking to the media before her departure from Lahore airport, Khar said Pakistan looks forward to developing sustainable dialogue with India to sort out issues affecting both countries.

She said both countries have acted responsibly and shown commitment to talks during the past few months.

The foreign minister said Islamabad wants nothing to affect these talks and they should continue at every level.

Khar told reporters that the government has taken all the political leaders including Pakistan Muslim League (PML-N) Nawaz Sharif and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F) Maulana Fazalur Rehman into confidence on talks with India.

She said involvement of Kashmiris is important for a durable solution of Kashmir.

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COMMENTS (34)

Loyal Paki | 10 years ago | Reply

India Pakistan should end the hostilities and immediately start real-time confidence building measures. We should begin a path of trust, initially for atleast in trade & commerce at all costs. Although Pakistan has more to loose to the big brother but more than enough time is lost already to dwell on it any longer. India & Pakistan should bring out on the table then satisfy each others fears & demons. The two immensely talented & resourceful nations are wasting time for no good result in near future. If nothing is achieved soon in this regard our children will suffer. We must bring out our age-old & world known political & diplomatic skills to the fullest to solve this dilemma at once or we will be stuck in this wasting quagmire for next several hundred years only to work-on-it-later all over again from square-one.

MAD | 10 years ago | Reply

@sundar:

Im sure you do realize that dawood still probably has a big enough say in Indian politics to make sure he remains unscathed.

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