Sartaj Aziz Says Don't Expect Too Much From Indo-Pak Talks In January

Islamabad; Dec.27:  Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz on Saturday said it would not be fair to expect much from the talks scheduled here next month between the foreign secretaries of Pakistan and India.

Speaking to Radio Pakistan's Current Affairs programme about the possibility of peace between Pakistan and India, Aziz said it would not be fair to expect instant resolution of all issues between the two countries.

"And therefore, initially focus would be on reduction of tension and maintenance of calm on the Line of Control to provide relief to the people living across LoC," he said.

Aziz said the comprehensive dialogue in January between Pakistan and India will focus on all outstanding issues, including Kashmir. He said in a meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan in Lahore yesterday it was decided that foreign secretaries of the two countries would meet in mid-January to decide details of dialogue on all issues.

To a question, he said promotion of good relations with all neighbours is the policy of Prime Minister Sharif as this is a pre-requisite to benefit from projects aimed at regional connectivity and resolution of energy crisis.

Injecting an element of drama into the see-saw Indo-Pak ties, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday took the world by surprise by making a "stopover" in Lahore on his way back home from Kabul to greet Sharif on his 66th birthday. The first visit by an Indian premier in 11 years marked another step forward by the two countries in their efforts to put on an even keel in their ties which was going through a chill until recently.

Modi also attended a marriage function of Sharif's grand-daughter Mehrun Nisa (who is the daughter of Mariam Nawaz Sharif) at the latter's Raiwind home on the outskirts of Lahore.

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