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New Delhi: In a statement that is bound to surprise all, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that Islamabad was ready for an unconditional dialogue with India to resolve all unsorted issues. He said, Pakistan wants sustainable peace and so his country was ready to hold talks with India without any preconditions.

However, Nawaz Sharif expressed solidarity with the separatists groups of Kashmir. He even pledged to support them in their endeavors.

Nawaz Sharif made the sensational statement during a meeting with his British counterpart David Cameron on the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Valletta, Malta on Friday. He further mentioned that Pakistan aims at maintaining a friendly relation with its neighbouring countries including India and Afghanistan. Islamabad follows a policy of friendship towards all and malice towards none, Sharif added.

Mentioning that Pakistan is a victim of terrorism, Sharif condemned the recent attack on Paris. Pakistan is against all kinds of terrorism and militant manifestations, he said during the meeting.

David Cameron lauded Pakistan’s efforts in the eradication of militancy and extremism.

Sharif mentioned that the UK-Pakistan bilateral ties were based on strong diasporic connections and said that the United Kingdom had always been a trusted ally of Pakistan.

Both the leaders agreed to work closely on various bilateral issues including trade, investment, culture, education and security.

David Cameron lauded Pakistan’s initiative Operation Zarb-e-Azb for uprooting terrorism from Pakistani soil.

It might be mentioned that this was the third time that the two premiers met for dialogues in this current year.

(Inputs from Agencies)

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According to a Pakistan daily here in Islamabad on Tuesday, India and Pakistan ought to keep the window open with the foreign secretaries meeting this month according to the new schedule so that “peace can win over terrorism”.

The editorial of a News International said that it was a “well-established reality that there are elements on both sides of the Indo-Pak border that will go to any length to prevent peace between the two countries”.

“It is essential these elements not be permitted to succeed, and this can happen only if the leaders of the South Asian neighbors refuse to allow their tactics to work,” it said.

“It is unfortunate then to see that the Pathankot attack has once more led to a crisis of trust, with New Delhi reverting quickly to some of the hostility and acrimonies we have seen in the past.”

The historic suspect among the two countries appeared to ease only after the separate visit of Sushma Swaraj, External affairs minister of India and then by the brief visit of prime minister Narendra Modi over the past few weeks.

“But it appears now that the bridges built are creaking again. While Pakistan had appeared to act on evidence from India by arresting the leader of the Jaish-e-Muhammad, blamed by New Delhi for the attacks, along with 20 other activists, it seems more is required.”

“These measures may, to some degree, have salvaged matters. But they have not completely blocked a new wave of hostility,” it added.

It said that the acrimony directed across the border by India’s Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is unsettling.

“Parrikar, responsible last year too for some highly offensive comments, has warned the ‘consequences will be seen’ in a year if Pakistan does not show action.”

“Permission has also been denied to the Pakistan SIT team to visit Pathankot, leaving it to ponder the option of visiting New Delhi, the line favoured by India, or else seek more evidence to be dispatched to it.”

It also said that India has denied travel documents to Hurriyat leaders and social activists who had hoped to visit Pakistan this week for a Kashmir Conference – which has now been cancelled.

“New laser fences, which act like radars, are also to be installed by the Indian BSF.

“But for now, windows should remain open. They must be kept ajar, with the foreign secretaries meeting this month as per a new schedule so that peace can win over terrorism,” it added.(IANS)