'Pak Won't Allow Use Of Its Soil Against India'
2 December 2005
The Times of India
Lahore: Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri on Friday said Pakistan would not allow the use of its soil for activities against India, but ruled out sealing the border to prevent terrorist incursions. Kasuri told reporters on the sidelines of a function here that there had been no progress in resolving the Kashmir dispute with India, Online news agency reports. Pakistan was doing its utmost not to allow the use of its soil for activities directed against India and India has admitted that terrorist incursions in Kashmir had been considerably reduced, he said. However, Pakistan cannot completely seal its border with India, Kasuri added. The peace process that began between Pakistan and India two years ago had led to improvements in various sectors but substantial progress had been made on the Kashmir issue, he said. 'It is the need of the hour to take strong decisions as we have seen in the past that small issues have become major ones,' Kasuri said. Pakistan had shown flexibility on the Kashmir issue a number of times but now it was up to India to show flexibility, he said.