Mush Wants US Help On J-K Issue
28 September 2005
The Times of India
Pakistan: Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf has sought Washington's help to solving the long-standing territorial dispute with India over Kashmir, calling it 'the root of tension in South Asia,' a foreign ministry statement said on Wednesday. Pakistan and India have a history of bitter relations and have fought two of their three wars over Kashmir after gaining independence from Britain in 1947. However, the two nuclear-armed rivals have improved relations since 2004 and are currently engaged in a peace process to resolve all disputes, including Kashmir. At Tuesday's meeting with Hadley, Musharraf asked the United States 'to lend its support to the efforts aimed at resolving the Jammu and Kashmir dispute which is the root of tension in South Asia,' the statement said. Hadley also met Pakistan's Foreign Minister Khursheed Kasuri and Tariq Aziz, secretary of the National Security Council. Hadley was leaving Pakistan on Wednesday, his final stop on an Asian trip after visiting Turkey and Afghanistan. On Tuesday, Hadley said in a news conference that President George W. Bush plans to visit South Asia next year and hold talks with Musharraf... He also called for enhancing cooperation among Islamabad, Kabul and Washington in the war on terror in Afghanistan, where coalition forces have been hunting for remnants of Taliban and al-Qaida. Pakistan has deployed about 80,000 troops near Afghanistan to capture al-Qaida linked militants, but has failed to capture Osama bin Laden, who Musharraf says could be hiding along the Pakistan-Afghan border.