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Pak, India facing trust deficit: Qureshi

SAMAA | - Posted: May 1, 2010 | Last Updated: 10 years ago
Posted: May 1, 2010 | Last Updated: 10 years ago
Pak, India facing trust deficit: Qureshi

Staff Report

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said here on Friday, while giving media briefing, that Pakistan and India are facing trust deficit that would not be solved in an overnight.

He said that prime ministers of both countries would increase telephonic contacts. And stated he would hold talk with his Indian counterpart SM Krishna for holding dialogue.

He said that SAARC states have a realization about energy crisis in the region and it will be eased with joint efforts. In coming days, water crisis we will have to be faced.

In the reply to a question he said that meeting of prime ministers remained positive and both countries want to initiate dialogue process.

Qureshi stated that foreign ministers and foreign secretaries of both countries will soon meet for resumption of dialogue.

AGENCIES ADD: Pakistan will soon consult India on fixing a date to meet with a view towards resuming a stalled peace process, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said Friday.

“I intend to talk to my Indian counterpart S.M. Krishna at the end of their budget session on May 7 to find a mutually convenient date for the foreign ministerial level meeting,” he told a press conference in Islamabad.

The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to work towards resuming their frozen peace dialogue at their first direct talks in nine months, held Thursday on the margins of a regional summit in Bhutan.

Qureshi said all issues of concern to India and Pakistan would be discussed in dialogue “which is going to be resumed shortly”.

Indian officials have said the two countries would work out ways to restore trust and confidence, “thus paving the way for a substantive dialogue on all issues of mutual concern”.

Speaking Friday, the Pakistani foreign minister said the two nuclear-armed South Asian rivals had to build trust, warning it would take time.

“There has been a trust deficit between the two countries and we have to bridge it,” Qureshi said. “We can bridge this deficit through confidence building measures.”

“But it will not happen overnight, it is a process and the deficit will certainly narrow down if we allow it (the process) to continue,” he said.

India broke off slow-moving peace talks with Pakistan after 10 Islamist gunmen besieged its financial capital Mumbai for 72 hours in November 2008, leaving 166 people dead.

India and the United States blamed radical Pakistani-based militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba for the carnage.

New Delhi subsequently said peace talks can resume only after Pakistan brings the perpetrators to justice and clamps down on militant groups.

The rivals have fought three wars since the subcontinent's 1947 partition. SAMAA/AGENCIES

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