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Pakistan wants to resolve all issues with India: Senate informed

ISLAMABAD: The Senate was informed on Tuesday the Prime Minister’s vision of a friendly neighbourhood has been the driving force for normalization of relations with India, Radio Pakistan reported Wednesday.

Minister for Commerce Khurram Dastgir Khan, while fielding questions of the Ministry Foreign Affairs in the House, said Pakistan wants to achieve this objective by resolution of all the outstanding issues including Jammu and Kashmir dispute with India.

He said the two countries agreed to restart the comprehensive bilateral dialogue to address all the outstanding issues but the progress is stalled because of Pathankot incident.

To a supplementary question, he said Pakistan has objections to the design of Kishanganga project by India and efforts are being made to address the issue at the level of Indus Basin Commission.

To a question, Minister of State for Health told the House that negotiations are underway with Bahrain for establishment of a Liver Transplant Hospital in the country.

Replying questions on behalf of Agriculture Minister, Minister for Inter-Provincial Coordination Riaz Hussain Pirzada told the House that there is a plan to launch special projects for different neglected agro-ecologies.

These include improving irrigation system in Chitral, establishing training facilities for farmers in Zhob and strengthening agricultural, livestock institute in Khuzdar, Lasbela, Jaffarabad, Turbat and Barkhan.

Minister Incharge for Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan told the House that the government is taking the issue of security of PIA offices in abroad seriously and it has taken up the issue of attack on its offices in New Delhi with the Indian government.

Responding to a call attention notice by Saleem Mandviwalla, he said response of the Indian government was positive and they have conveyed that security of PIA offices would be ensured.

The Chairman held in order an adjournment motion moved by Hafiz Hamdullah regarding statement of US Secretary of State that Saudi Arabia can purchase nuclear bomb from Pakistan.

A debate on the motion would be held on Tuesday next.

Minister Incharge Foreign Affairs Khurram Dastgir Khan clarified that the remarks attributed to the US Secretary of State in a CNN interview were misquoted.

He read out two questions asked by CNN representative and their replies by the Secretary of State to support his contention that the statement was misquoted.

He said the Secretary of State did not mention name of Pakistan. The House will now meet again at 3 p.m. tomorrow.

M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.