DUBAI (INP) - Former prime minister Shaukat Aziz has called for following an open policy and holding talks with others without accepting pressure as mere political statements would not resolve the issues. In an interview with a private TV channel, the former banker-turned-prime minister said all the political leaders will have to sit together to take the country out of crises. He said Afghanistan and Pakistan were twin brothers and peace in both the countries was interlinked with each other. He said any conspiracy by India against Pakistan from the Afghan soil would be unacceptable. For this purpose, he said, Pakistan must openly convey its viewpoint to the USA. He said peace can be ensured with strength and not weakness. He said during his tenure in the government he defended the interests of Pakistan at every stage. He said resolution of Kashmir dispute was necessary for peace in the region. Shaukat said Pakistan was an important country but USA was a global power and Pakistan must enhance contacts with Washington at every level. He said Pakistan was concerned about its interests and not the Haqqani network. The former premier said Pakistan must convey its concerns to US and create trust in relations between the two countries. At the same time efforts must be made to have friendly relations with every country. He said that economic crisis and inflation was a worldwide issue and people were protesting everywhere against price-hike and reforms. He said Pakistan was situated in a region which was afflicted by problems and due to its geographical location, every country was taking interest in it. He said another reason for problems in Pakistan was the presence of Afghan refugees who were a great burden on its economy. Replying to questions, Shaukat said former Afghan president Burhanuddin Rabbani was a friend of Pakistan and peace and wanted strong relations between the two countries. He said allegations against Pakistan for Afghan leaders death would not help restore peace and establish friendly relations. He said if the Afghans had any proof, they should give it to Pakistan.