Opportune time for Pak, India to move forward for settlement of all issues including Kashmir: Musharraf
13 January 2007
The Pakistan Tribune
Islamabad: President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has said it is the most opportune time for both Pakistan and India to move forward to settle all the contentious issues including Kashmir adding if both the countries demonstrate flexibility the solution to Kashmir issue can come out. 'If both Pakistan and India show flexibility, solution to all disputes including Kashmir issue can come out. Over three years have passed since the composite dialogue process was initiated. Time is ripe now to move forward and resolve these disputes . If flexibility is shown, we can come out of tunnel', general Musharraf said this while talking to Indian foreign minister Parnab Mukharjee who called on him here Saturday in Aiwan-e-Sadr. Foreign minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri, foreign secretary Riaz Mohammad Khan and Indian high commissioner in Pakistan were also present on the occasion. Foreign office sources told Online Indian minister for external affairs conveyed message of good will from Indian president Abdul Kalam and prime minister Manmohan Singh to the president general Pervez Musharraf. President while welcoming Indian foreign minister visit to Pakistan said his visit will help develop confidence measures and resolve all conflicts. ' We want peace with India. Resolution of all issues including Kashmir issue is must for lasting peace and stability in the region. He went on to say Pakistan was taking forward dialogue process with India with sincerity, courage and good intent. Now best opportunity is available for the leadership of both the countries to sort out problems. If the disputes including Siachen, Sir Creek and Kashmir are resolved then both the countries can use their resources for the uplift and prosperity of their people, president underlined. It was agreed during the meeting that composite dialogue process and CBMs would continue and both the sides would move forward for peaceful settlement of issues including Kashmir, Siachen and Sir Creek. President also underscored the need for early and positive movement forward on Pakistan, Iran, India gas pipeline project. President emphasized the need for making SAARC platform vibrant body. Indian foreign minister praised leadership capabilities of President General Pervez Musharraf saying Afghanistan will also attend SAARC conference this time being its 8th member. Japan, US and UK will participate in the conference as observers. India too wants to live with Pakistan like good neighbors and believes in peaceful settlement of disputes, he observed. There is need that cooperation is expanded between Pakistan and India in other sectors besides resolution of problems. Moreover Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz while talking to Indian Foreign minister said Pakistan was taking forward composite dialogue process with sincere intent for resolution of all conflicts including Kashmir issue. Parnab Mukerjee called on Prime Minister at prime minister house Saturday and extended formal invitation to him from Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh for 14th SAARC summit conference. The conference will take place on April 3-4 in New Delhi. Indian foreign minister conveyed message of good will to Shaukat Aziz from Manmohan Singh. Accepting the invitation, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said the conference will create opportunity for the countries of the region to come closer and work together with renewed commitment for peace and development in the region. Pakistan and India are two very important countries in the region, he said adding resolution of all disputes between the two countries is critical for peace and stability in the region. Prime Minister noted that both the countries can settle all outstanding problems including Kashmir issue through composite dialogue process in peaceful manner. It is the best way to address the disputes. The progress achieved so far in the dialogue process has raised the hopes of people of both the countries that the conflicts will be resolved, he underlined. The leadership of both the sides is also determined and committed in this respect. Pakistan and India will succeed in establishing ties like good neighbors and resolving all the contentious issues, he hoped.