ISLAMABAD, Jul 9 (APP): The
Foreign Office on Thursday confirmed the planned meeting between Prime Minister
Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani and his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh on the
sidelines of Non-Aligned Movement summit in Sharm El Sheikh next week with a
hope to resume composite dialogue process between the two countries. “Prime minister Syed Yousuf
Raza Gilani will be meeting, in addition to his Indian counterpart, several
other heads of government and state on the sidelines of the NAM summit,” said
Foreign Office spokesman Abdul Basit at his weekly briefing.
The spokesman said prior to the
prime minister level meeting, the foreign secretaries of the two countries will
meet to finalize the agenda for the meeting.
He said, “We are going with an
open mind and hope that the composite dialogue is resumed.” He said the meeting
between two primes ministers will be open ended and without any specific agenda.
“We need comprehensive strategy
to resolve the issues between the two countries through dialogue,” said the
He said the Gilani-Singh
meeting could not be considered as revival of composite dialogue process between
the two countries but “the two leaders will hold talks over the composite
dialogue and bilateral issues”.
Basit said it is necessary for
both the countries to restart the stalled peace process to resolve the disputes.
The spokesman said, “We still
believe that it is absolutely necessary for two countries to return to the
negotiating table because without talking to each other it will be simply
impossible to resolve the issues that the two countries are facing.”
He said Pakistan has received
the English translation of Kasab’s statement from India and now prosecuting was
underway by the Pakistani security agencies.
The spokesman said Pakistan has
been conducting investigation into the Mumbai attacks with full seriousness and
About difference in Bush and
Obama administration’s policies towards Pakistan, the spokesman said Bush
administration engaged with Pakistan to evolve long term partnership while the
Obama administration has bene engaged with Pakistan on issues of people and
willing to have continuous process in this regard.
On the issue of recovery of
Iranian diplomat, the spokesman said Pakistan government has been making sincere
efforts for the safe release of the Iranian diplomat and exchanged details with
the Deputy Foreign Minister of Iran who is visiting Pakistan.
Referring to statement of
President Asif Ali Zardari regarding achieving tactical objectives in war
against terrorism, the spokesman clarified that the statement has been quoted
out of context.
The spokesman further said
President Zardari was talking about the situation following the withdrawal of
the Soviet troops from Afghanistan that created a gap and its influence on
“After the incident of 9/11, we
are confronting new challenges and due to spill over effect of Afghanistan,
Pakistan has been suffering,” he said.
On the question of appointment
of new ambassador to Paris, the spokesman said Pakistan has conveyed its
decision to the French government and now waiting reply from France.