BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Talks with nuclear-armed rival India will not make the required progress if New Delhi insists on focusing on security, Pakistan said on Thursday, touching on one of the most contentious issues between the Asian neighbours. Why this focus on terrorism? How can we have good relations if we just ignore the outstanding issues like Kashmir? Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Reuters. Thats an ostrich mentality. Qureshi, in an interview on the sidelines of an Eastwest Institute security conference in Belgium, said much would depend on Indias mindset about the agenda of the meeting. If they want to narrow it down, if they want to restrict, if they want to overlook reality, overlook the disputes between us, we will not make the headway that is required, he said. But if we put everything on the table and if we can sit and peacefully negotiate and find a peaceful resolution of the outstanding issues, then I think there is hope for the future. Asked if his comment meant Pakistan did not want security to dominate the talks, he replied: If you restrict the dialogue to the area of your interest, then youre defeating the purpose there are our interests as well. Qureshi said Pakistan would go to the talks with a constructive and open mind. Asked if Pakistan could do more against the Lashkar-e-Taiba group, blamed by India for the Mumbai assault, he said there was work to do on both sides of the border. Do you think India is free of militant groups? There are lots of militant groups operating in India. The idea is to work together. Why this focus on Lashkar-e-Taiba? We have issues that go beyond LeT. Qureshi said Pakistans arrest of an Afghan Taliban commander was not done under pressure from its US ally and shows the sincerity of its fight against terrorism. We have done it because it is in our interests to do so, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told Reuters on the sidelines of a security conference in Belgium. If you think that Pakistan is deploying over 100,000 troops on the western border under pressure, if you think we are conducting military operations in Pakistan under pressure, thats the wrong impression, he said at the EastWest Institute. We do not want to see the Talibanisation of Pakistan, he said. This is service in a common cause. His comments were the first by a senior Pakistani official about the arrest of Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, beyond terse statements confirming the event. Qureshi dismissed a suggestion that the detention showed it had more clout and contacts with militant groups operating on Pakistani soil than it publicly maintains. It (the arrest) is a reflection of Pakistans seriousness in dealing with terrorism and terrorists, Qureshi said. The world should have been appreciative that a person known to be involved in activities in Afghanistan where there are soldiers from NATO and ISAF was arrested. This is positive. Qureshi dismissed the notion that Baradars arrest showed that Pakistan could, if it chose, move more forcefully against militant groups in Pakistan that see Indian as their main enemy. He also denied that it was a ploy to ease US pressure on Islamabad for increased help in stabilising Afghanistan. Some analysts said the Pakistani security establishment realised it must demonstrate cooperation with the United States to stake its claim to a role in any Afghan peace process. Cant the sceptics see the price we have paid for terrorism? The lives lost? The huge economic cost? he said. You can always say the glass is half empty or half full but we feel public opinion has moved against extremism convincingly. We have lost more than anyone else in this fight.