THE stunning confessions of the lone surviving gunman in Mumbai attacks will not set back the peace process between archrivals Pakistan and India, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi said, reported a private TV channel on Wednesday, quoting him as saying in an interview with a US news agency. Certainly that was a hiccup, said Qureshi of the Mumbai attacks. We are overcoming that because both sides believe this is a common challenge. The only way forward is engagement with each other. So I think we will be back on track soon. Qureshi said that Islamabad was waiting for copies of the gunmans confessions from the Indian court but said the issue would not impede the dialogue effort. Qureshi spoke in Thai Phuket Island on the sidelines of the annual ASEAN Regional Forum, a gathering of ministers and senior officials from Asia, Europe, the United States and Russia. Qureshi said Pakistan was not concerned about closer ties between Washington and Delhi. We have a very independent relationship with the United States. If India gets closer to the United States it will not affect us because we have been allies for 60 years. India is shifting its policy. Pakistan has been consistent, he said. He praised the new US administrations policy on regionalising the fight against terrorism and its recognition that this fight had more dimensions than merely a military one. Qureshi said his countrys recent operation against militants in the Swat Valley was a major success because it had behind it a national consensus to fight terrorism and political-military cooperation that had not earlier existed. He said between 1,500 and 1,700 militants were killed and their second and third-tier leadership was wiped out in the Swat Valley - casualty figures that have not been confirmed independently. Obviously there are some big names (left) and we are trying to reach them. I hope we will be successful, he said of Pakistans efforts to track down top Taliban and Al-Qaeda leaders. Qureshi said he hoped the Phuket conference would recognise Pakistans sacrifice in fighting the militants and provide greater help in aiding internal refugees spawned by the recent fighting. We are not just fighting for ourselves. We fight for the democratic world. We are fighting for people who subscribe to our values, Qureshi said.