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Pakistan wants uninterrupted talks with India: FM

IRNA - Islamic Republic News Agency

Islamabad, July 27 ,IRNA -- Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said on Tuesday that Pakistan wants ‘uninterupted and interuptable’ dialogue process with India which leads towards peace and development in the region.

She was talking to reporters at Lahore airport prior to her departure for New Delhi to lead Pakistani delegation in the ministerial-level talks with India to discuss all issues, focusing on terrorism, the longstanding Kashmir dispute, trade and promotion of bilateral exchanges.

“Both countries have shown a clear commitment to negotiation and to solve all outstanding issues through negotiations,” Ms Khar said.

Foreign Secretaries of the two countries are meeting in New Delhi on Tuesday to finalize agenda for the Foreign Ministers, who will hold talks on Wednesday.

Pakistan and India revived official talks in February after a nearly four-year deadlock over the Mumbai attacks, blamed on Pakistan-based militant group 'Lashkar-e-Taiba'.

Senior officials of the two countries, including Defence, Interior and Commerce secretaries, have held series of talks on key issues over the past five months and the two Foreign Ministers will review the progress and will set future direction for the “Composite Dialogue”.

Ahead of the Foreign Minister level talks, India, as a goodwill gesture, Tuesday freed 92 Pakistani prisoners, who were handed over to Pakistani authorities along the Wahga border. The freed prisoners include 87 and five civilians.

Pakistan will also release Indian prisoners in response to Indian decision, official sources said.

Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar said that the government has taken opposition leaders including former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif into confidence about the talks.

Ms Khar and her Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna are expected to announce confidence-building measures for expanding trade and travel across the Line of Control (LoC), which divides both countries in the disputed Kashmir region. Both sides are likely to make public their agreement on increasing the number of cross-LoC trading days from two to four and the bus service between Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistan-controlled Kashmir and Sringar, the capital of Indian-Kashmir, local media reported.

The two sides have been discussing visa liberalisation and sources expect some announcements during the talks.

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