Musharraf Upset, Says Obama May Not Utter K Word6 November 2010
Washington DC: United States President Barack Obama is unlikely to take up Kashmir issue during his visit to India which won’t go well with Pakistani people, feels former Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. 'I don't think there is going to be any talk about Kashmir. So in the overall context, I think it doesn't resonate well with the people of Pakistan,” Musharraf said. 'Kashmir is a sensitive issue with Pakistanis. In fact, the world ought to be concerned that Kashmir dispute, without solving Kashmir dispute, it is leading to extremism within our society. There are a number of mujaheddin groups which have emerged who want to go and support their Indian brethren.... So we have to resolve the Kashmir dispute. And this is what I have been always saying,' he said. Disappointed that Obama would not be visiting Pakistan during the trip, the former military ruler said, 'I know one does understand that visiting India is a bilateral issue between the United States and India, and one wouldn't be overly Indo-centric in approach. But our concern, as a Pakistani, certainly within Pakistan, isn't Pakistan an important player in the region?” “It is in the front role fighting terrorism. It's a strategic partner towards fighting al-Qaida and Taliban towards eradication of terrorism,” he added. Obama has invited Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari for a future visit to the US and also announced that he would travel to Pakistan next year. 'Terrorism, al-Qaida and Taliban in Afghanistan, in the tribal agencies of Pakistan, the mujaheddin in fighting in Kashmir, extremism in the Muslim youth on the rise in India, with extremism in our society, in Pakistan society, all of them are developing a nexus. And now it's international connotation,' he said. Musharraf said the army and the government in Pakistan are doing their best to fight al-Qaida and the Taliban. 'I'm not really privy to the tactical details of the operations, but at the strategic level, I do understand the commitment of the army, of the military and the government towards defeating al Qaida and Taliban is certainly there,' he said.