Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said India should "avoid delaying tactics" while working for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. "We hope that India, while respecting the UN Resolutions, will avoid delaying tactics in giving the right to self-determination to Kashmiris," Ashraf said in his speech at an official event marking Pakistan's Independence Day.
He was addressing a gathering that included ministers, lawmakers, service chiefs and diplomats. The premier reiterated Pakistan's stance that the Kashmir issue should be resolved in line with UN Resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiris. "We will continue political, diplomatic and moral support to the people of Kashmir," he said.
At the same time, he said, Pakistan wants good and cordial relations with India for the sake of peace and prosperity in the region. Pakistan desires to resolve all disputes, including the Kashmir issue, through understanding and dialogue, he said.
"In our view, talks are the best way of resolving issues. We have started trade relations with India so that both countries are benefited from each other's comparative advantage," he said. Describing the normalisation of trade relations as an "important breakthrough", Ashraf said this measure "has
cleared the way for durable friendship between the people of the two countries".
The premier dwelt at length on the country's foreign policy, including relations with key powers like China and the US, with whom Pakistan is working to restore bilateral ties to an even keel following a string of crises like the unilateral military raid that killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad last year.
"We want to maintain our ties with the US and the European Union states on the basis of mutual respect. Due to our sincere efforts, Pakistan's relations with the US and EU states are heading in a positive direction," he said.
"We have impressed upon the US that Pakistan will not compromise on its sovereignty and integrity and it considers drone attacks an interference in its sovereignty. We prefer trade over aid," Ashraf said.