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Musharraf tells India
ISLAMABAD, Oct 22 (NNI):
President General Pervez
Musharraf Monday called upon India that instead of hurling threats it
should adopt the course of negotiations.
In an interview with the PTV the President reminded those who are
resorting to agitation that India would have reaped benefits of any wrong
decision by Pakistan.
He said as a result of the government's decision to align with the
international coalition, country's strategic interests are now safe.
Referring to statements of the Indian Ministers for Defence and Interior,
he said threats would harm and not benefit India.
General Pervez Musharraf said there has been some movement by the Indian
army and air force but held our an assurance that Pakistan armed forces
are fully prepared to defend the motherland. He said Indian leaders should
not entertain any misgiving and any attempt at misadventure would be
retaliated with full force. He said Pakistan would not allow India to take
advantage of the current situation.
The President noted with satisfaction that the entire world and the Union
Nations have recognized Kashmir as a dispute and stressed the need for a
The President said he has made it clear to the world leaders that what is
happening in Kashmir is freedom struggle and has nothing to do with the
terrorism. He demanded that international human rights organisations
should be allowed to visit Occupied Kashmir to see for themselves how
seventy thousand Kashmiris have been martyred. He said it is indigenous
freedom struggle of Kashmiri people. He said Indian leadership should
engage into negotiations with Pakistan for solution of this longstanding
The President said he had told religious and political leaders during
meetings with them that the decision of the government is not against
The President emphasized that the state terrorism must be defined. He said
he has told world leaders including British Prime Minister, Mr. Tony Blair
and the US Secretary of State that it was unfortunate that all the
international disputes including Kashmir, Palestine, Bosnia, Kosovo and
Chechneya are considered as issues of Muslims. There is a need to project
them in their true perspective. He said he stressed the need for
resolution of Palestine and Kashmir problems.ŚNNI
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