Kashmir Issue Taught Me 3 Key Things: Musharraf

Kashmir Issue Taught Me 3 Key Things: Musharraf

8 January 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: The Former president of Pakistan General Parvez Musharraf has said that from his involvement in talks with India on Kashmir, he had learnt three key things that are required to solve any dispute. 'There are three things needed. One, sincerity on both sides, of head and heart. No bluff game and no politics. Two, flexibility to accept the views of others. And three is the key - boldness and courage. I say this is the key because in any deal you cannot take everything. The other side will not allow this. You have to give and take,' an Israeli daily, Ha'aretz, quoted Musharraf as having said. 'Leaders are afraid of that give because they are afraid of the backlash in their own backyard, but as long as you are convinced that the positives outweigh the negatives, you must be bold. And, as a leader, for the sake of the bigger good, you must make the right move, even if you lose on a personal note. Leadership demands sacrifice and courage,' he added. Referring to Palestinian leader, Yasir Arafat, Musharaff said, ďArafat did not take certain steps, as I understand it, because he was afraid of threats to him, personally, upon his return [from Camp David]. If you are more concerned with your own political clout or personal safety than you are with the gain accrued to your people and the whole Muslim world, then there is some weakness in yourself as a leader.' The former Pakistan president, who once offered to mediate between Israel and the Palestinians, said, 'I mean both sides. Israel should not expect everything to be hunky-dory, with no attacks and no bullet fire. You will never get that. This guerrilla warfare will continue, and then settle down gradually. But you cannot expect there to be no Hamas and no Hezbollah and no rockets at all. And the government should not be arrogant either. Humility works - never arrogance. Humility does not clash with strength. You can be strong and humble at the same time. Humility has to do with behaviour, with interaction.'