Lahore: The peace process between India and Pakistan should not be held hostage to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks, Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said today in the run-up to a meeting between Foreign Secretaries of the two countries.
Gilani contended that his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh is facing public pressure for not resuming dialogue with Pakistan. “But we should not held hostage by (the Mumbai incident),” he said, during an interaction with representatives of the foreign media at his residence here.
Diplomatic efforts, both on the “back and front channels,” were underway with India “to find a peaceful solution” to the dragging Kashmir issue, Gilani said without giving details.
Asked about the possibility of the resumption of the composite dialogue that was suspended by India in the wake of the Mumbai attacks, Gilani said there were “50-50 chances” of this happening.