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India not for joint management of J&K

EAM Pranab Mukherjee will convey this message to Pakistan during his two-day visit beginning on Saturday. Your take?

india Updated: Jan 11, 2007 20:53 IST

India is not ready to agree to joint management of Jammu and Kashmir as proposed by Pakistan but is open to ideas like setting up of joint consultative mechanism on various issues including tourism and health.

This will be conveyed to Pakistan when External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee travels there on Saturday on a two-day visit during which he will also seek to know what the Musharraf government has done to address India's concerns over continuing cross-border terrorism.

The two sides will also discuss Siachen amid "indications" from Pakistan about its readiness to authenticate present troop positions at the glacier, a pre-condition set by India for demilitarisation of the region.

Efforts to resolve the Sir Creek issue have witnessed "considerable progress" and the process of joint survey of the disputed marshy land and waters off the Gujarat coast is expected to be completed by March.

Mukherjee is travelling to Pakistan primarily to extend an invitation to President Pervez Musharraf for the 14th SAARC Summit to be held in New Delhi in April. During his stay there, he will hold talks with his counterpart Khurshid M Kasuri on all bilateral issues.

On Jammu and Kashmir, India is ready to discuss anything short of secession.

The proposal of Joint Management of the state, floated by Musharraf, is not acceptable to India. It is, however, open to ideas like setting up of a joint consultative mechanism on issues including tourism, health and ecology, sources here said.