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India needs to cooperate more with Pakistan: FO

December 09, 2010

India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna (L) and his Pakistani counterpart Shah Mehmood Qureshi take questions from the media during a joint news conference in Islamabad July 15, 2010. – Reuters (File Photo)

ISLAMABAD: India will have to take further steps to cooperate with Pakistan in order to reach the final outcome of the Mumbai attacks, said Foreign Office Spokesman Abdul Basit on Thursday.

Speaking at the weekly Foreign Office briefing, Abdul Basit said that India needed to do more on its part by responding to Pakistan's requests on the Mumbai trial instead of doubting Islamabad's intentions.

He said that the Indian Home Secretary's remarks on the Mumbai attack trial in Pakistan were misleading and that Pakistan was seriously pursuing the trial.

He stated that Pakistan was looking forward to resuming the dialogue process with India so that issues such as the plight of fishermen were addressed efficiently. However, Abdul Basit stated that despite making serious efforts to resume the dialogue between the two nations, Pakistan was not willing to compromise on its national security at any cost.

The spokesman rejected the claim made by the Indian Foreign Secretary that Kashmir was an integral part of India and said that the issue was awaiting settlement in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions.