'India, Pak Not Destined to Live as Adversaries Forever'

New Delhi
'India, Pak Not Destined to Live as Adversaries Forever'
Terming resumption of Indo-Pak dialogue process as a significant development, Pakistan High Commissioner Shahid Malik today said the interaction will help bridge the trust deficit between the two countries which are not destined to live as "adversaries forever".

 Observing that as developing countries both India and Pakistan share common perspective on a number of issues, he said in the fast changing global environment, there was a need to consult and co-ordinate efforts to achieve the goal of peace and development.

"..Towards the achievement of this goal... We held a very fruitful discussion recently in Bhutan in Thimpu. It was agreed to resume the dialogue process and that is a significant development," Malik said.

"...The agreed road map in Thimpu will see the Home Minister of India visiting Pakistan along with the Foreign Secretary later next month followed by visit of the Foreign minister of India to Pakistan on July 15," he said at the Indo-Pak business meet, also attended by Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee.

Malik also hoped that the visits and the interaction between the leaders of two countries that will follow will help bridge the trust deficit and generate enabling environment to take the peace process forward.

"We can remain convinced that Pakistan and India are not destined to live as adversaries forever," he said.

The Pakistani envoy also complimented Mukherjee, saying, "I would like to pay tribute and compliment the efforts put in by the present Finance Minister and formerly the Foreign Minister of India Pranab Mukherjee."

Asked how his country was planning to tackle terror, Malik said that both sides have agreed that they must do it together and there has to be cooperation to eliminate the menace.
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