Pak wants resumption of composite dialogue

Pakistan on Friday said it wants resumption of the formal composite dialogue with India to address "mistrust" between the two countries.

Foreign office spokesman Aizaz Chaudhry made the remarks in response to questions from reporters.

Referring to the start of back channel diplomacy with India, he said PM Nawaz Sharif had appointed former diplomat Shahryar Khan to conduct negotiations.

Khan has visited India and expressed the Pakistani leadership's "strong desire" for good neighbourly ties,

he said.

Officials from the two countries are currently working out dates for the next round of talks between the two sides. PM Manmohan Singh is expected to meet his Pakistani counterpart on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session in New York in September.

In response to another question, Chaudhry expressed concern over the alleged desecration of the Quran in Jammu and Kashmir and called for a speedy probe into the matter.

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