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Deal with extremism by resolving J&K issue: Pak

After condemning the Mumbai blasts, Pak has said the "best way" of dealing with extremism is to tackle "real issue" of J&K.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2006 15:30 IST

After condemning the Mumbai train blasts, Pakistan has said the "best way" of dealing with extremism in South Asia is to tackle "real issue" of Jammu and Kashmir.

Noting that there has been progress in Indo-Pak composite dialogue process to resolve bilateral issues, Foreign Minister Khurshid Mahmoud Kasuri, however, said not much progress has been made on Kashmir problem.

"If you look at it positively, there has been more progress in the second round than in the first round... On the issue of Jammu and Kashmir we have not made much progress. There have been some confidence building measures but even those are half hearted," he said.

"Incremental approach is good but now we must tackle real issues. And this is the best way of tackling extremism in South Asia," Kasuri, who is on a visit to US, told an audience at the Carnegie Endowment for Peace here yesterday.

"We need to take steps in which extremism is discouraged. Hindu and Muslim extremism... Extremism in one leads to extremism in the other," he said.

Kasuri said Pakistan government had already condemned in the strongest possible language the "ghastly" Mumbai train blasts, which left at least 190 people dead and over 600 injured, and he was "adding his voice" to that.

In spite of the two rounds of composite dialogue process and some progress registered, there was "perpetual tension" over Kashmir issue, he said.