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Nawaz Sharif, Indian Vice President agree on continuing dialogue

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ISLAMABAD: (APS)Dec 13,2015 – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Sunday met India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari and both the leaders agreed on continuing the dialogue process. Nawaz said that TAPI (Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India) gas pipeline will prove to be a game-changer in the region. He said that Pakistan wants good ties with all its neighbours including India, reported APS News.

Talking to a private tv news channel upon his return from Turkmenistan, Nawaz Sharif said that entire world praised Pakistan army’s success in the Operation Zarb-e-Azb.

Earlier, PM also laid the foundation stone of the TAPI gas pipeline. Pakistan was represented by PM Nawaz Sharif in this ceremony while India was represented by Vice President Hamid Ansari.

Addressing the ceremony, Nawaz Sharif said that TAPI project will prove to be a game-changer in the region and will promote peace and trade.

The project worth 10 billion dollars will be completed in 2018. 1735km long gas pipeline will be laid through Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India under this project.

PM Nawaz and Hamid Ansari also met briefly on the sidelines of the ceremony, in which 2-way relations were discussed. Both the leaders expressed satisfaction over the restoration of composite dialogue.

PM told that Pakistan and India both want to sit on the table. “We also want the Afghanistan issue to be resolved through talks and we’ll try our best to bring the Taliban on the table”, said Nawaz. He added that Pakistan has some influence over Taliban but they are not under Pakistan’s control. “Expecting everything from Pakistan alone is unfair”, he said.

Nawaz said that it is impossible for Pakistan to do operation in Pakistan but play a different role in Afghanistan. “We didn’t even think of playing a dual role in Afghanistan”, he said.

Talking about Pakistan-India relations, Prime Minister of Pakistan said that when Indian PM expressed willingness to talk, Pakistan said it was ready for the talks. “Once we decide that we have to resolve Pakistan-India issues on table, we’ll resolve these issues. But it shouldn’t be ‘one step forward, two steps back’ formula in these talks. Both the countries will have to take practical steps for peace”, said Nawaz.

Responding to a question about Karachi operation, PM said that the operation has brought peace. “We are moving ahead against terrorism with caution”, said Nawaz.

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