PAKISTAN does not want another war with India over Kashmir, Defence Minister Ch Ahmed Mukhtar has said while describing the current status of bilateral relations as the 'best' the two countries ever had. "We are having a very nice relationship with India, the best of the relationship we have ever had. The confidence-building measures are working very well and I think the defence of Pakistan today is much safer than five years ago," Mukhtar told a private TV channel. Ruling out the possibility of a war on the Kashmir issue, the minister said the two countries had shown flexibility in their traditional stand on the issue. "I am sure that both the countries are showing flexibility from their traditional positions. We don't want to fight a war," he said. He said the issue will be resolved only through the opening up of the borders and greater inter-mingling of Kashmiris from both sides. "Today is the time for economic wars and we must prepare ourselves. There are other problems in Pakistan and India, there are food shortages, the oil problem, the electricity problem and these problems can't be solved if we are at war with each other." Pakistan, he said, was "trying to help India" in the economic field. "We are saying that we would like to buy gas from Iran and that pipeline will go to India, which is a big market. They will benefit and we will also benefit," he said. Responding to a question, he said Al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden is not hiding in Pakistan. "I don't think Osama bin Laden is in Pakistan because we have combed our area," he said. Acknowledging that it was not possible to totally control the border with Afghanistan, he said Pakistan is trying to apprehend all Al-Qaeda operatives within its territory. "I don't think that they would be in hundreds. It won't be more than hundreds, including all the leadership. We are trying our best to get hold of that leadership and to take them to courts and to see what we can do with them," he said.