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Indian running away from talks; we don't want to be aggressive to any nation: Pakistan President

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 10 February 2017, 1:50 IST
Pakistan President Mamnoon Hussain on 1 June accused India of "running away" from talks despite Pakistan\'s offer of a joint probe in the Pathankot terror attack. He also raked up the Kashmir issue, calling it an "unfinished agenda of partition" and the main cause of regional tension.Addressing a joint session of Parliament, he said,"Despite Pakistan\'s efforts for resumption of talks (with India) and its offer of joint probe in the Pathankot attack, the foreign secretary level talks are still suspended. Pakistan is concerned about it.""We believe the main cause of tension in the region is the Kashmir issue. It is a part of unfinished agenda of partition of the sub-continent. Unless the Kashmir issue is settled according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir and UN resolutions, the problems of this region cannot be resolved," he added.He said Pakistan is a peaceful country and wants its foreign policy to be based on friendship and brotherhood with all nations."We do not wish to be aggressive towards any nation and intend to participate with honesty in national and global affairs," he said.President Hussain said that Pakistan wanted peaceful ties with all neighbours by addressing disputes through talks and accused India of "running away from talks with Pakistan".He said that democracy has been strengthened in the country and it can now resist and absorb different kinds of crises."Our political system has become strong enough to successfully face different kinds of crises. It means that our nation has come to the conclusion that sustainable progress and stability cannot be achieved without democracy," he said, as he congratulated the lawmakers on completion of three years of parliament.He said Pakistan was making progress in the economic field and the country achieved 4.7% growth in the outgoing fiscal years which will end on 30 June.He added that Pak-China partnership was important for national economic growth and the multi-billion dollar China-Pakistan Economic Corridor will be completed at every cost.-PTI
First published: 1 June 2016, 6:52 IST