We want a peaceful resolution of all the problems facing Jammu and Kashmir, both in its internal dimension and also in its external dimension. We feel it is in our interest, it is in the interest of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and it is in the interest of the people of Pakistan that relations between our two countries should be what they ought to be between two neighbours, the Prime Minister said.
On dialogue with Pakistan, Singh emphasised that the Centres demand that Islamabad must bring the terrorist groups under effective control was not a pre-condition for the resumption of the negotiations. Indias and Pakistans destinies are interlinked. If negotiations to deal with all outstanding issues are to make any headway, it is essential that the terrorist elements should be brought under control, he said. We are a democracy and if day in and day out the terrorist attacks continue to take the precious lives of our citizens, we cannot create the requisite mahaul for meaningful negotiations. So it is not a pre-condition but it is a practical way of looking at things.