Pak Denies Interference In Kashmir Affairs
9 May 2004
The Times of India
Islamabad: Pakistan has said that Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's recent statement that Islamabad was interfering in Kashmir was incorrect and baseless. 'It is baseless,' The News quoted Pakistan Foreign Ministry spokesman Masood Khan as saying in an interview with a private TV channel. He was reportedly reacting to Vajpayee's statement accusing Pakistan of meddling in the poll process in Kashmir . Doubting the veracity of the statement, the spokesman said that if these remarks were correctly reported they had both negative and positive effect. He further said that three facts had to be kept in mind. First, the ongoing general elections in India had their own history and the people of Kashmir voluntarily boycott these elections. Second, the boycott or low turnout cannot be foisted upon 'terrorists' even as leading Kashmiri leaders have opposed these polls. And, thirdly, there had been no interference from Pakistan . Khan said: 'No utterances should be made to undermine the spirit of confidence building and dialogue put together by President Musharraf and Prime Minister Vajpayee on January 6 this year.'