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After PM Modi's phone call to Sharif, Pakistan wants 'peaceful relationship' and resumption of 'talks' with India

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Updated: June 18, 2015, 1:49 PM IST
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After PM Modi's phone call to Sharif, Pakistan wants 'peaceful relationship' and resumption of 'talks' with India
According to sources in the Pakistan government, the country is willing to resume talks with India and wants to discuss "all issues", including Kashmir.

Two days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif, the neighbouring country has said that it wants "peaceful relationship with India".

According to sources in the Pakistan government, the country is willing to resume talks with India and wants to discuss "all issues", including Kashmir.

Sources, however, added that Pakistan will not hold any dialogue on the "terms and conditions" set by New Delhi, adding that the peace process could not be one way. They further said that New Delhi should look at Pakistan's compulsions as well.

This comes after PM Modi made a five-minute call to Nawaz Sharif, saying he wanted good relations with the neighbour.

According to sources, Sharif replied, "Leaders are like heads of families. They should lead their people to peace and prosperity. Pakistan and India should work together to achieve these objectives."

"Also conveyed to Sharif our decision to release detained Pakistani fishermen on this pious occasion. The fishermen released will be able to be with their families to observe this blessed month," Modi tweeted.

Meanwhile, there is a possibility of a meeting between Modi and Sharif on the sidelines of the annual summit of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Russian city of Ufa in July with an aim to move forward and normalise ties. However, no official request for a meeting has been initiated from either side so far.

There is a view that Tuesday's telephonic call by the Prime Minister to Sharif has "lowered the temperatures" between India and Pakistan which have been involved in a war of words over Modi's critical remarks about Pakistan during his Dhaka visit recently and in the wake of India's military action in Myanmar.

First Published: June 18, 2015, 12:02 PM IST
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