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Sharif presses for NSA-level talks with India on terror

No option but to live in peace with India

We have no option but to live in peace in the interest of the people of Pakistan and India
Nawaz Sharif, pak pm

Islamabad, December 11
Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today said Islamabad and New Delhi should institutionalise a mechanism of meetings between their national security advisers to discuss matters related to terrorism as it would help allay concerns of the two sides.

Expressing satisfaction over the calm at the Line of Control, he said existing mechanism on LoC meetings need to be further strengthened. Sharif made the remarks while talking to Indian High Commissioner to Pakistan TCA Raghavan, who called on him here.

Sharif said Pakistan believes in friendly relationship with all its neighbours specially India, a statement released by the Prime Minister's House said. All issues with India have to be dealt peacefully and diplomatically through dialogue based on parity, it said.

"We have no option but to live in peace in the interest of the people of Pakistan and India," the statement said. Sharif said Pakistan and India should institutionalise the mechanism of meetings between national security advisers of the two countries to discuss matters related to terrorism. "It would help to allay the concerns of the two sides," he said.

India blames some sections of the Pakistani establishment for helping the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Toiba militant group for planning and executing the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai.

The attacks had killed 166 persons.

The Pakistani Prime Minister said to maintain peace on the LoC, the DGMOs of the two sides should meet at regular intervals.

"I believe that sincere and constructive measures need to be taken to reduce tension on the LoC and to ensure that the ceasefire agreement of 2003 remains intact," said Sharif. He said his government is "committed" to improving relations with India. PTI





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