With eye on JK, Pak cautions UN on definition of terrorism
23 November 2001
The Indian Express
Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday said it would like the United Nations to define terrorism keeping in mind ''conflicts'' like Kashmir, even though it backed the OIC''s stand that terrorism should be differentiated from freedom struggles. Pakistan would prefer that the proposed UN conference on terrorism should decide on a broad definition of terrorism in evaluating ''conflicts'' like in Kashmir, Foreign Minister Abdul Sattar said at a joint press conference with visiting British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw in Islamabad. ''The question of definition of terrorism is under discussion in UN. Organisation of Islamic Conference has a position on the subject which differentiate between terrorism and freedom movements. I think the best thing is to leave the issue to the UN conference,'' he said. Sattar said the Kashmir issue figured briefly in the discussions between Straw and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf but talks were mainly focused on Afghanistan. ''We have not had time to discuss Kashmir question in length,'' he said. Straw said regional security issues figured briefly in his talks with Musharraf and there was general discussion about Pakistan and its relations with neighbours. He said he also discussed a possible meeting between Musharraf and Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee during the SAARC summit in Kathmandu in January.