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Thursday, May 29, 2014

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Pakistani official dispels notion of ‘charge-sheet’ given by Modi

Dawn/ANN | Thursday, May 29, 2014

Sartaj Aziz asserted that although the government was only one day old, the Indian prime minister recognised the need for a dialogue process to address all bilateral issues that stand in the way of better relations between the two countries.

"There was no charge sheet given by Indian Prime Minister rather both the sides expressed their views on all issues of common concern," Aziz told a news briefing here at the Foreign Office.

"We opted for dignified rather than aggressive diplomacy," the top Pakistani diplomat added.

"There was a clear recognition of each other's concerns and the need for mechanisms to address them."

"During the meeting it was clear that both sides were of the view that confrontation should be converted into meaningful cooperation," said Aziz.

"The issue of terrorism also came up to discussion," said Aziz, adding that Prime Minister Sharif informed his Indian counterpart that terrorism was a mutual concern and Pakistan had suffered enormously due to this menace.

"The people and government of Pakistan are serious and committed to fighting terrorism in their own national interest," Aziz quoted the premier as saying.

Answering questions whether Mumbai trial, Samjhota Express and other terrorist attacks were discussed in the meeting, he said, "As you all are aware, all aspects of terrorism have been discussed at different levels in our region. We believe that such issues can be handled only through constant interaction between the concerned authorities of the two countries."

"The prime minister undertook this visit with a clear vision in mind, based on strategic calculation and not just for a photo-op. In order to make this vision a reality, the starting point was for economic revival and development. Without economic revival we cannot fight poverty and unemployment or protect sovereignty of Pakistan," he remarked.

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