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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

HINA RABBANI KHAR: Looking forward to result-oriented engagement with India!


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July 26, 2011 / PTI, Islamabad / DC.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar speaks to the press as she arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi - AFP
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar speaks to the press as she arrives at Air Force station in New Delhi - AFP.

On the eve of Indo-Pak talks, Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar today said Pakistan is looking forward to a 'pro-active, productive and result- oriented' engagement with India on all issues, including Kashmir on which 'we should not be held hostage to history'.
The 34-year-old minister however said both countries have committed themselves to an 'uninterrupted and uninterruptible' peace process since they began their re-engagement earlier this year.
"We are looking forward to a pro-active, productive and result-oriented engagement in India and the signals we're getting is that we should be expecting the same from them," Khar said during a brief interaction with journalists in Lahore this afternoon before her departure.
"Both the countries are looking forward to, and are committed to, an uninterrupted and uninterruptible process as has been proven in the last few months and (this) relates to peace and development in the region," she said.
The peace process was resumed 'within the Thimphu spirit', Khar said, referring to a meeting between the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan in the Bhutanese capital, where they agreed that the 'only way forward is that of engagement'.
Pakistan should have 'realistic and pragmatic expectations' from the ministerial talks to be held in New Delhi tomorrow. The two Foreign Ministers will review the talks held under the peace process this year and set the 'forward direction', she said.
Noting that 're-engagement is better than no engagement', Khar said there had been 'forward movement' between the two sides in some area over the past few months.


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