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Pakistan Determined to Improve Ties with Neighbors: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan remains steadfast to improve its relations with neighboring countries to build a prosperous South Asia, Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said on Wednesday.
Addressing a National Conference on Strategic Stability in South Asia, he stressed that conflict resolution is the key to strategic stability in the region.
Talking about the Kashmir issue, he said threat to peace and stability emanates from the old dispute which remains unresolved for over a half decade.
Qureshi said dialogue was the key to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
The foreign minister said Pakistan is a peace-loving country. “Our conduct as a nuclear state will continue to be defined by restraint and responsibility,” he said.
He said Pakistan will maintain credible minimum deterrence to ensure its national security.
The Foreign Minister said Pakistan is opposed to conventional and unconventional arms race in the region.
He added that India’s massive acquisition of conventional arms coupled with offensive posture poses threat to regional peace and security.
Referring to the recent Indian belligerence, the foreign minister said that Pakistan is committed to peaceful and normal relations in its neighborhood. He, however, made it absolutely clear that Pakistan is capable to frustrate any misadventure.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi said that Pakistan has shown it is prepared to take concrete steps to ease tension and work for friendly relations with India with Kartarpur corridor like initiatives.
“Our neighbor also need to understand that the only way forward is dialogue,” the foreign minister said.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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