January 2003 News

No compromise on Kashmir, says Musharraf

14 January 2003
The Hindu
B. Muralidhar Reddy

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, has once again harped on the theme of 'no compromise' on Kashmir while expressing the desire to have better relations with India. At a meeting at the Foreign Office today, he said Pakistan would 'not budge a single inch' from its position on Kashmir. 'We wish to improve bilateral ties with India, as Pakistan wants durable peace in South Asia.' Pakistan had always stated that it wanted to develop ties with India based on equality. 'But it would not budge a single inch from its position on Kashmir and other disputes under any coercion or blackmail.' In a rare event, the entire political and military brass assembled for a 'briefing' on various important foreign policy issues. Others who attended the presentation made by the Pakistan Foreign Secretary, Riaz Khokhar, were the Prime Minister, Mir Zafaralluah Khan Jamali, the Foreign Minister, Khurshid Muhmad Kasuri, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee, Services Chiefs, senior military and senior Foreign Office officials. An official announcement said Mr. Khokhar made a detailed presentation on important foreign policy issues, which was followed by a discussion. 'The President and the Prime Minister expressed satisfaction that the briefing provided a useful opportunity for an in-depth discussion on issues relating to Pakistan's security environment and its foreign policy goals,' it said. It was not clear as what prompted the briefing and whether the discussion that followed was meant to take any new policy initiatives.


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