Rabbani Khar wants to pursue result-orientated process to resolve bilateral issues
March 27, 2012 - Seoul
Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar has said a result-orientated process of dialogue would help India and Pakistan resolve bilateral issues.
"We should not just talk about reducing the trust deficit. We should engage in a result-orientated process of dialogue, so that our people can be confident of the resolution of our major issues coming through dialogue," Khar said.
Referring to a recent announcement made by her Indian counterpart Somanahalli Mallaiah Krishna, who said he would visit Pakistan in the summer, Khar said that regional forums like the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) needed to be strengthened as their focus had been hampered by strained ties.
"I would like to mention SAARC, because SAARC is an exceptionally important forum, which we feel has been held back rather than propelled forward by the India-Pakistan issues," Khar added.
India and Pakistan have fought three wars since gaining independence in 1947 and remain deeply distrustful of each other.
The relation had strained further following the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, which were allegedly orchestrated by Pakistani militants.