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Pakistan Wants Cordial Relations With India

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif,
in his address to the UN General Assembly, had declared that Pakistan wanted a “new
beginning with India” and was keen on having the 1999 Lahore Accord between the
two countries. Ahead of his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, PM
Nawaz Sharif has said that his government wants strong relations with India and
that all issues including LoC, Kashmir have to be settled through dialogue.
In this perspective, initiative for
holding DGMO meeting was moved by Pakistani side is also a sign that Pakistan
want peace and stability in the region. The main objective of the DGMOs’ meeting
would be to use the existing LoC mechanism more effectively, establish a joint
mechanism for probing incidents on the LoC and prevent recurrence of violations
of the ceasefire.
Pakistan and India agreed at
the top diplomatic and highest political level that it was important to respect
the 2013 ceasefire agreement and observe its sanctity in order to reduce
tensions along the LoC. At the New York meeting both the prime ministers agreed
that dialogue was the only way forward and acknowledged that peace and
tranquility was a precondition to moving the peace process forward.  The LoC truce is considered to be the most
significant confidence-building measure taken by the two countries.

Indian External
Affairs Minister, Salman Khurshid said that he believes Pakistani Prime
Minister, Nawaz Sharif wanted to make peace and establish good ties with India.
However, with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif last month vowing to go the
“extra mile” to make peace with India, Khurshid said Delhi would take him at
his word.

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