Musharraf Vows To Suppress Terrorism In Kashmir
20 April 2005
The Hindustan Times
Manila: Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf pledged on Wednesday to curb attacks by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir, to promote the peace process with India and forge a solution to the vexed issue. Musharraf, on the last day of his visit to the Philippines, said Islamabad had made ending the decades-old dispute over Kashmir a priority of five key programmes to market Pakistan as an investment haven in South Asia. 'We need to resolve this issue once and for all in a flexible manner,' Musharraf told a forum for foreign media in Manila. 'The time of conflict management is over. It has to be conflict resolution. We must resolve this now or never.' Musharraf's recent visit to New Delhi is seen as a stepping stone for India and Pakistan. He said Pakistan would stop terrorists from attacking bus services across the LoC and urged more confidence-building measures to move the peace process forward. He said acts of terrorism, like an attack on the recently resumed bus service, 'must be suppressed at all cost'. Musharraf said he wanted to correct misconceptions about Pakistan, rejecting accusations that Islamabad coddles terrorists and helped organise Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network. He said his trip to the Philippines was designed to 'cement commercial and trade relations'. Musharraf said he was grateful to Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo had indicated her support for Pakistan to join the East Asian Summit in Malaysia in December 2005, adding his country played a key role as bridge between East and South Asia.