All long-standing issues will be addressed in Pak-India ministerial dialogues: Qureshi

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi said that all long-standing issues including Water and Kashmir would be discussed between Pakistan and India Inter-Ministerial level dialogues likely to be held next month.

Talking to media at Multan Airport on Tuesday, he said that bilateral relations between India and Pakistan has been in the interest of both the neighboring countries adding that terrorism has been a global issue that shouldn’t be considered with the perspective of India and Pakistan, as both the countries are facing terrorists attacks.

He also informed that visiting Indian Home Minister has acknowledged the fact that to tackle terrorism issues both the countries needed to evolve a joint mechanism, as terrorism issue couldn’t be tackled by indulging in blame-game against each other.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi also said that Indian Foreign Minister will arrive in Pakistan on 15th July and during dialogues with him all the long-standing issues between India and Pakistan related to water and Kashmir would be discussed in detail.

Pakistan has recorded its protest against construction of Woller and Kishan-Kanga Dam that these dams violate Indus Water treaty and if these water issues cannot be settled amicably between India and Pakistan than Pakistan will take the issue at International forum, Qureshi said.

Responding to a query, he said that Pakistan has been facing acute energy crisis and in this connection Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani has also indicated that Pakistan has been a responsible nuclear state and no one has objected on Pak-china nuclear pact as this civilian nuclear energy pact has been designed to address energy crisis in Pakistan..

Replying to another question on fake degrees issue, he said that this has been in the court and over it President Zardari and Prime Minister Gilani has already stated that they will not obstruct over this issue adding that mid-term elections couldn’t be in the national interest at this juncture and the government will complete its constitutional tenure.

Responding to another query regarding BISP, he said that approximately 2,16,000 families’ cases were being scrutinized throughout the country that also included about 85000 families of Multan division.

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