Pak-India talks to help remove trust deficit: FO
Foreign Office Spokesperson Abdul Basit said the meeting of foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India would help remove trust deficit between both countries, which would be a good omen for regional peace and stability. Talking to a private news channel, he said the meeting had no particular agenda. “The basic purpose of this meeting is to set an agenda for the foreign ministers’ meeting that would be held in Islamabad on July 15,” he said. He said that the foreign ministers would discuss the agenda in the context of sustaining engagement between the two countries.
He said that composite dialogue between the two countries may not start overnight but the foreign ministers’ meeting may lead to removing trust deficit between the two countries. “It would be a significant progress in Pak-India ties”, he added.
Pakistan needs more trade and market access, says Zardari
Holbrooke says US is committed to helping Pakistan root out terrorism
President Asif Ali Zardari said on Wednesday the government looked forward to international assistance in facing challenges. He called for providing Pakistani products with US and European market access. He was talking to Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, who called on him at President’s House.
Ambassador Holbrooke was accompanied by US Ambassador Anne W Patterson and senior US officials. Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, M. Salman Faruqui,. Hina Rabbani Khar, Salman Siddique, Malik Asif Hayat and the spokesperson for president, Farhatullah Babar were also present.
The president hoped that the legislation on ROZs would be expedited and counter productive labour provision softened. The president emphasized early reimbursement of arrears in the Coalition Support Fund (CSF).
President Zardari, appreciating the US humanitarian assistance, said the people of Pakistan, especially the...