January 2004 News

Musharraf says he has no 'whistle' to stop violence in J&K

6 January 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Islamabad: While promising that terrorism would not not be allowed to flourish on the soil of Pakistan, President Pervez Musharraf also added Tuesday night that he did not not have a 'whistle' to stop violence in Jammu and Kashmir.Addressing a press conference shortly after India and Pakistan agreed to resume a composite dialogue next month, he repeatedly emphasised that the decision was a leap forward, but tempered it by saying it was 'just a beginning'.He warned of the dangers of 'sabotage' of the peace process by extremists on both sides.The people of Kashmir who, he said, had and were suffering, would have to be involved in 'some form or other' at some stage in the process of finding solutions. There was no no secret deal with India nor was one in the offing, the General said.According to his interpretation of today's joint statement on resumption of dialogue, there was 'spontaneity' in three key points - one that Kashmir was an issue, there had to be a composite dialogue in resolving it and other issues and the confidence-building measures (CBMs) had to be sustained and carried forward.


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