Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said that Pakistan was willing to resolve all disputes with India, particularly Siachen and Sir Creek.
While speaking to an Indian media outlet she observed, “If you look at may be some of the disputes that we have. We have Sir Creek, we have Siachen…Pakistan has already made it clear that we are willing to go by the agreement that we had in the past”.
The Pakistan Foreign Minister is currently visiting Cambodia to attend the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) Ministerial Conference. Speaking on the bilateral ties, she said that the two neighboring states must move forward in the relationships.
Replying to a query about whether Pakistan was disappointed that Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has not yet decided to visit Pakistan despite invitation, the foreign minister stated that she does not believe in the business of disappointment, adding that they will able to host the premier of neighboring country.
She remarked, “We welcome him to Pakistan and we hope that within his tenure. As I said, for me I look at it as a lost opportunity because there were two prime ministers who got along awfully well, who were able to set the course of a different dimension within this relationship”.
Khar said that it was important to recognize that the two countries had made serious efforts to improve the bilateral ties. Both New Delhi and Islamabad must make efforts so that the next generation does not have carry the burden of confrontation and disputes, she asserted.
Commenting on longstanding Kashmir dispute, she stated that it wasn’t meant that they were unaware of the fact that they had the issue of Jammu and Kashmir to be resolved.
She, however, said that they were convinced that the way to resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir is only through negation table.
In her view, President Asif Ali Zardari has shown an immense commitment to working with India and his recent visit to New Delhi was a testimony to that.
The newly elected prime minister Raja Pervez Ashraf has similar commitment to resolve the major issues with India, she added.