Top Pakistani official urges India to resume talks

Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's advisor on foreign affairs Sartaj Aziz has urged India to start the foreign secretary-level talks for resolving various issues, media reported on Sunday.

Aziz, at a seminar titled Muslim-Sikh Dosti Di Tarjman - Baisakhi here, said on Saturday that the Pakistani foreign ministry wondered why India cancelled the talks on its own without consulting Pakistan, Dawn online reported.

Though the new Indian foreign secretary, S. Jaishankar, visited Pakistan on March 3 this year as a goodwill gesture, formal talks were yet to resume, he added.

He said Pakistan believed in peace in the region and desired to initiate dialogue on all issues with India and other countries.

"If there will be peace, we all can eradicate the menace of poverty, illiteracy and injustice in the region," he said.

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