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Dialogue only way forward for resolution of all disputes with India: FO

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal on Thursday said Pakistan considered uninterrupted dialogue as the only way forward for resolution of all disputes with India. "Pakistan desires to address issues through dialogue but the Indian side has never reciprocated to Pakistan's offer," the FO said at his weekly news briefing in Islamabad. About the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), the spokesperson said Pakistan would continue to agitate with the World Bank over the construction of controversial dams by India…

Pakistan, US to continue dialogue to improve ties, says FO

ISLAMABAD: The Foreign Office on Wednesday said Pakistan and the United States (US) desire to move forward and find common ground for continued cooperation. At a weekly news briefing, FO spokesperson Dr Muhammad Faisal said the latest visit of senior director at the US National Security Council Lisa Curtis was an indication of this desire. He said during the visit, both sides expressed the desire to work together to pursue the common objective of stabilizing Afghanistan. He said Pakistan has always maintained that…

North Korea fires missile days after new South Korea leader pledges dialogue

SEOUL: North Korea fired a ballistic missile on Sunday in defiance of calls to rein in its weapons program, days after a new leader in its old rival South Korea came to power pledging to engage it in dialogue. The US Pacific Command said it was assessing the type of missile but it was "not consistent with an intercontinental ballistic missile". Japanese Defense Minister Tomomi Inada said the missile could be of a new type. The missile flew 700 km (430 miles) and reached an altitude of more than 2,000 km (1,245 miles),…

‘Pakistan must walk away from terrorism if it wants dialogue with India’

NEW DELHI: Indian premier Narendra Modi wants Islamabad to walk away from terrorism if it wants to revive a dialogue with India, according to a report published in the Times of India. In his speech during Raisina Dialogue, a yearly conference held in New Delhi, he said if Pakistan wants to build a relationship with India and have a dialogue, it must distance itself from "terror activities". "Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India," Modi said while inaugurating the Raisina…

Dialogue through media increases hostility: Sartaj tells India

ISLAMABAD: Adviser to Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Sunday said the dialogue through media increases hostility and negative perceptions. He pushed for composite peace dialogue on table with India. "Pakistan wants peace and is ready for talks with India if New Delhi desires so," he said while talking to Indian media in Amritsar. He said terrorism is one of the issues to be discussed under composite dialogue with India. It should be noted that Sartaj Aziz is currently in India to represent Pakistan…

Pakistan condemns Indian bids to ruin diplomatic relations

WASHINGTON, UNITED STATES: Pakistan regretted Indian designs to scurry diplomatic efforts for two-sided and international dialogue and its threat to use water as a weapon against people of Pakistan, a clear breach of global treaty obligations. During an address at the World Affairs Council, a think-tank based in Washington on Thursday night, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States Jalil Abbas Jilani called on the United States and the western countries to help resolve the Kashmir dispute and prevent New Delhi from…