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Pakistan seeks good relations with India: Basit

24 March, 2014

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MUMBAI: Pakistan seeks "friendly and cooperative relations" with all its neighbours, including India, High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit, said on Sunday.

Abdul Basit was speaking after unfurling the national flag at the mission here to mark Pakistan Day. Addressing a gathering, Basit stressed that Pakistan was determined to forge "friendly and cooperative relations" with its neighbours including India. He underlined the significance of the composite dialogue process for settling all outstanding issues, a high commission statement quoted him as saying.

Basit "also reaffirmed full solidarity of the Pakistani nation with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters", the statement added. He said the people of Pakistan were determined to overcome their difficulties.

Basit raised the Pakistani flag to the tune of national anthem in an impressive ceremony that was held at the Chancery premises. The high commissioner congratulated the Pakistani community in India and highlighted the determination of the Pakistani nation to realize its desire for peace, progress and prosperity. He emphasised that in the last 66 years Pakistan had made tremendous progress in various spheres.

"We should take pride in our accomplishments and refuse to be deterred by the challenges facing the country". He said the people of Pakistan were resolved to overcome their difficulties as nothing was beyond their reach.

The high commissioner also reiterated Pakistan's firm determination to forge friendly and cooperative relations with all its neighbours including India. He underlined the significance of the composite dialogue process for settling all outstanding issues between the two countries in a peaceful manner.

Abdul Basit also reaffirmed full solidarity of the Pakistani nation with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters.

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