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26/11 a hiccup in bilateral ties, says Pakistan

By Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
February 07, 2009 18:03 IST
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Seeking resumption of dialogue with India, Pakistan on Saturday said that the two countries will have to live as "good neighbours" despite the "hiccup" caused in bilateral ties by the Mumbai terrorist strikes.

Pakistan also asserted that it wants its probe into the attacks to be transparent and open to examination, because the government is serious in prosecuting those responsible.

"The most important thing is that India and Pakistan have to live as good neighbours," Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said in an interview in Munich, where he is participating in an international security conference.

"Our democratically elected government started on a policy of normalisation with India and we were doing fairly well till the unfortunate Mumbai incident, that has caused a hiccup and there has been a pause in the composite dialogue," Qureshi said in an interview.

Noting that Pakistan wanted to get over the problems caused by the Mumbai incident as soon as possible, Qureshi said, "We want to resume dialogue with India because we feel that if we want development in South Asia, if we want regional peace, then normal friendly relations between Pakistan and India will play a significant role."

Qureshi said Pakistan will soon share with India and the world community the report on its investigation into the Mumbai attacks. "We will share our preliminary report not just with India, but with the other important players of the world as well," Qureshi added.

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Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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