Pak-India MPs for resumption of composite dialogue

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THE NATION, ISLAMABAD, 21st SEPTEMBER 2013:- Parliamentarians of Pakistan and India concluded the two days parliamentary dialogue here on Friday with positive note, emphasising the importance of resumption of composite dialogue between two nations while sidelining powers with vested interests.
The call was made in a joint communiqué issued at the end of their two-day talks on Friday. The lawmakers of the two countries agreed to continue parliamentary level contacts. The two sides expressed satisfaction over progress on different issues including visa and trade.
While addressing a joint press conference at the conclusion of the talks, Federal Minister of Science and Technology Zahid Hamid declared the success of dialogue, and also said that Prime Minister Mian Nawaz Sharif has lauded the efforts of parliamentarians of both countries for normalisation of relations.
Makhdoom Shah Mehmood Qurieshi of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf also lauded the good intentions and efforts for peace, these talks had promoted; and while stressing that dialogue was the only way-out of crisis for both countries. He also said that these talks helped a lot pave way for expected meeting of premiers of two countries in the sidelines of forthcoming UN Security Council meeting on 29th September.
He said that as long as any kind of trust deficit existed between two countries, there would be no progress in any composite talks; hence this trust deficit would have to be eliminated at the earliest at all costs.
Qureshi asked the Indian parliamentarians to convey to Indian rulers that Pakistan did not desire war, but peace with India, and said that that both sides had strong reservations, which needed to be addressed; while also stressing media to play due role for developing awareness and general consensus among masses.
The Indian parliamentarian Mani Shankar Eyre expressed his strongest hopes and belief in progressing of better relations between two countries, and continuity of composite dialogue, which should help resolve outstanding differences between two countries. He also expressed the possibility of being able to convince respective countries of heeding to parliamentarians’ recommendations, but reminding that any final decision nevertheless rested with the government itself.
Shankar said that forces holding both countries as hostage were bent on sabotaging talks, and reminded that if India was not serious about talks, it would not have come this far, while also admitting that Pakistan had stronger yen for peace than India.
A joint declaration was also proclaimed, which portrays a unanimous consensus that parliamentarians of both countries had same aspirations for the well being of each other.
Judicial team leaves for India today:?Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Friday submitted before Special Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) Islamabad the schedule regarding the departure of judicial commission to cross-examine the witnesses of Mumbai attack case in India.
FIA prosecutor presented the departure schedule before the ATC Judge Atiq-ur-Rehman and informed the court about the schedule of Pakistani judicial commission regarding the visit to India. He told that the eight members Judicial Commission would depart on Saturday (today) from Wagha Border and it would start its working from September 24.
Pakistani panel consists of four defendants’ lawyers including Khawaja Haris Ahmed, Riaz Akram Cheema, Khizar Hayat and Raja Ehsanullah Satti while other members include FIA Special Prosecutor Azhar Chaudhary, Syed Husnanin Abuzar Pirzada, Deputy Director FIA Faqeer Muhammad and a court staffer Abdul Hameed.
The panel of lawyers would cross-examine four witnesses – Magistrate RV Sawant Waghule, who recorded the confessional statement of Ajmal Kasab; Ramesh Mahale, chief investigating officer of the case; and Ganesh Dhunraj and Chintaman Mohite, two doctors who carried out the post mortem of the slain assailants.
In this connection, Mumbai High Court had appointed additional metropolitan Magistrate as presiding officer of the commission.
It is worth mentioning here that on November 26, 2008, 10 gunmen laid siege to the city of Mumbai in attacks that lasted nearly three days. It was the deadliest militant onslaught on Indian soil since independence, killing 166 people. Later, seven men including Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, Hammad Amin Sadiq, Shahid Jamil Riaz, Younas Anjum, Jamil Ahmed, Mazhar Iqbal and Abdul Majid were arrested in Pakistan in connection with Mumbai attacks and court proceedings started against them.

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