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Pakistan views India as its most important neighbour: Gilani

Pakistan views India as its most important neighbour and desires sustained, substantive and result-oriented process of dialogue to resolve all outstanding issues including the core issue of Kashmir, Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani said on Wednesday.
In his address to the National Seminar on De-radicalisation, the prime minister said, “We sincerely hope that the ongoing process of comprehensive engagement will be fruitful. Pakistan would like to resolve all outstanding issues with India in a peaceful and just manner.”
Concerns: However, he said India would have to play a more positive and accommodating role and respond to Pakistan’s legitimate security concerns. “India will not find Pakistan lacking in will to write a new chapter in our bilateral relations,” he added.
Commitment: He said despite many challenges Pakistan’s commitment towards elimination of terrorism was total and unwavering. “We are working closely with our global partners to fight terrorist groups and are determined not to allow use of our soil for terrorist activities against anyone. Pakistan shares global concerns about extremism, militancy and terrorism and dilated in detail on the geo-strategic environment, the challenges and the way forward towards an enduring national policy and strategy,” Gilani said.
“There is a need to bridge trust deficit and allow Pakistan space to manoeuvre and contribute significantly without international pressure,” he said. Gilani said cooperation in counter-terrorism warranted a partnership approach which fully accommodated others’ interests and “respect for the clearly stipulated Red Lines”. “Drone attacks inside our borders are in conflict with the ground realities, impacting negatively on our efforts in controlling radical trends,” Gilani said. He said sustainable success would come from promoting socio-economic development and resolving long standing political disputes.
The prime minister said in the war against terrorism, the nation had made great sacrifices and achieved tremendous successes. “We lost over 30,000 men, women and children and more than 5000 personnel of the security forces,” he said.
Gilani said the phenomenon of terrorism had not only created the law and order in the country but also cost the nation dearly in financial terms as the economy had suffered a loss of billions of dollars as a consequence. “We are aware that without an effective national strategy marked by de-radicalisation, we will not succeed fully and comprehensively,” the prime minister said. He said Pakistan, today, faced multi-dimensional challenges both at external and internal levels. He called the challenge of “unintended radicalism” and consequent terrorism “complex and a real barrier to the common goal of peace and stability”. He said without a dispassionate strategy appraisal, the assessments and policy formulation on de-radicalisation could go wrong.
He said the country’s armed forces carried out successful operations in Swat and Malakand as well as South Waziristan, Mohmand and Bajaur agencies against terrorists and militants, done with full support of the nation, and in accord with the political will, articulated by parliament of Pakistan and a meeting of all political parties. Gilani said regionally Pakistan was committed to working in unison with all neighbours for establishment of peace and elimination of terrorism. He said a stable united, friendly and peaceful Afghanistan was in Pakistan’s best interest and pointed that Pakistan wants independent and sovereign Afghanistan without any external influence.
On the internal front, Gilani said Pakistan’s counterterrorism strategy was home-grown and indigenous in character and was based on dictates of environment.

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