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Govt, army on the same page on India ties: minister

* Rashid says bitterness with India should come to an end * Dialogue with Taliban not over

LAHORE: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervaiz Rashid has said that Pakistan Army is a national institution and it is with the government on improving relations with India.
Talking to the media at an international conference held at Alhamra Hall here on Saturday, the minister said bitterness with India should come to an end for a pleasant future of next generations of the region. “The army has never intervened on Pakistan-India relationship and I am sure they will not do in future too,” he said. “It was not the army but an individual, Musharraf, who planned Kargil adventure but later on touched knees of Vajpaee in Katmandu,” he added. “It’s better to hold hands than touch the knees.”
The minister said Pakistan respected the democratic decision of Indain people for electing Narendra Modi as their prime minister like other countries who respected decisions of the Pakistani nation.
He said Pakistan could not ignore changes in its neighbourhood as it would have to deal with the new elected government of India, adding the elected people would formulate foreign policies for the next five years.
The minister said, “Pakistan is responsible for its deeds and India for its own and we should keep our deeds correct.”\
To a question about dialogue with the Taliban, he said the government would respond to any danger to Pakistan, however, it welcomed those who wanted dialogue.
He said the dialogue with Taliban had not ended yet adding that few people did not want the talks.
Responding to a question on the closure of Geo channels, the minister said it was unfortunate that big media houses had given ‘scissors’ in the hands of cable operators, adding cable operators could not be allowed to violate law. “It is good news that cable operators are reverting,” he added.
The minister said PEMRA had initiated action and hoped that cable operators would do their own job and let authorities do theirs.
Commenting on some rallies, he said a rally of a group of 10 people could not be called a protest. “People want completion of journey to success and prosperity and they have brought Nawaz Sharif to the government for it,” he added.
He said no one could derail the government as such attempts remained unsuccessful in the past by some people, adding statements of PTI Chairman Imran Khan should be ignored. 
“How could he criticise us when he was unable to run the KPK government properly?” he asked. To a question about transfer of the CCPO Karachi, he said Shahid Hayat was a good officer who had maintained law and order in the city and Sindh ministers had appreciated his role and it would have been better if he remained the CCPO.

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