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Era of war has ended: Gilani

By The Assam Tribune

ISLAMABAD, April 23 � The era of wars has ended and Pakistan is prepared to resolve all outstanding issues with India, including the Kashmir dispute and terrorism, through talks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said today, reports PTI.

�The era of wars has ended. We are ready to sit and resolve all core issues � whether it is Kashmir, Sir Creek, Siachen, water or terrorism � at the negotiating table,� Gilani said while addressing a conference on the role of NGOs in the development of Pakistan.

Instead of trying to resolve issues through force, the government has adopted a policy of progress and negotiations, he said. A hand of friendship had been extended to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he added.

Noting that people had been talking of the need to withdraw troops from Siachen following an avalanche that hit a Pakistan Army camp and buried 138 people, Gilani said Islamabad is ready for talks with New Delhi on all core issues.

The premier contended that the basic causes of terrorism and extremism were illiteracy and poverty.

India and Pakistan resumed their peace process last year after a gap of over two years.

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