Pakistani President offers dialogue to India

Indo Asian News Service

Islamabad, March 23 (IANS) Pakistani President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday offered a dialogue with India to peacefully resolve the Kashmir dispute.

Hussain addressed a military parade here on a the occasion of Republic Day, Xinhua news agency reported.

He slammed India for what he said were its "irresponsible actions and violation of the ceasefire" which he claimed posed threats to Pakistan's security.

"We are ready for a dialogue with India to find out a solution to the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN resolutions," he said.

He reiterated that Pakistan will continue moral, political and diplomatic support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for their right to self-determination.

The President also urged the international community to play its role for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Pakistan, he said, had no "aggressive designs" against any country but maintained minimum deterrence for regional peace and stability.

Pakistan had been fighting the war on terror for years and that the armed forces and other law enforcement had made huge sacrifices.

"Pakistan is now much secure than the past because of the unprecedented sacrifices of our armed forces and the people."

--IANS

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