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Linking CBMs to Kashmir problem illogical: Govt

India said linking the two issues was illogical and asserted that the CBMs should continue unconditionally.

india Updated: Jun 05, 2006 22:48 IST

Dismissing a senior Pakistani Army General's remarks that confidence building measures were futile without resolution of Kashmir problem, India on Monday said linking the two issues was "illogical" and asserted that the CBMs should continue "unconditionally."

One "lesson" that could be learnt from the Indo-Pak peace process was that it was "illogical" to link resolution of vexed issues like Kashmir to the process of normalisation between the two countries, High Commissioner Shivshankar Menon told a Rotary Conference on Conflict Resolution in Islamabad.

He was apparently referring to comments by Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee of the Pakistan Army Gen Ehsanul Haq at a Security Conference in Singapore yesterday that CBMs were futile without resolution of Kashmir.

"It is illogical to bind steps to normalise our relations to a solution of the hardest issues that we face. For instance, it would be a mistake to bind steps to normalise our relations to finding a solution to Jammu and Kashmir," Menon told the meeting attended among others by Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid M Kasuri.

"Doing so only postpones the benefits available to both countries from normalisation, making them hostage to the most difficult issue that we face. Instead, we should do both, seeking solutions and normalising relations," he said.

Without directly referring to Gen Haq's comments, he said the two sides should continue CBMs "unconditionally as they had complete backing of people of both the countries."