BY IFTIKHAR MASHWANI
ISLAMABAD – Pakistan has expressed the hope India would soon realize that dialogue is key to bring peace in region as well as resolution of all issues particularly Jammu and Kashmir.
Responding to questions at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad on Thursday, Foreign Office spokesperson Nafees Zakaria said Pakistan wants a sustainable dialogue, which is not disrupted on flimsy grounds.
He said Pakistan wants peaceful neighbourhood to achieve the goal of regional prosperity but unfortunately India is using Pakistan card in domestic politics.
Replying to a question, he said Pakistan welcomes UN Secretary-General’s announcement to media between Pakistan and India on Kashmir dispute. He said in the backdrop of un-implemented Security Council resolutions on Kashmir; it is responsibility of the UN to help resolve the issue.
He said India’s ballistic and cruise missile programme underscores the need for Pakistan and India to engage into meaningful discussions for confidence building, avoidance of arms race and promotion of strategic stability in South Asia.
He deplored killing and injuring of Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces and arrest of Kashmiri leadership.
Responding to yet another question, the spokesperson said India’s belligerent posture, irrational defence buildup, import of massive military equipment and hegemonic designs pose serious dangers to peace and security of the region.